*Electronic Text REQUIRED : e-text subscription provided for Biology in Focus, AP Edition
*Lab Manual REQUIRED: AP Biology Lab Manual and Composition Book (provided by student) COURSE DESCRIPTION
Welcome! AP biology is a college level course for able and motivated students. The course content follows the suggested outline for a typical college biology course. AP biology covers the main biological principals and processes which include the following BIG IDEAS: 1)The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. 2) Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 3) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. 4) Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. These Big Ideas will be introduced in Chapter 1 during the first week of school and as the class progresses, the themes will be more specifically discussed. Understanding how and where each of the above themes are integrated throughout the course will enable the student to be successful in this challenging course.
AP Biology aims to provide students with the conceptual framework and analytical skills necessary to understand and asses the rapidly growing science of biology. This is a laboratory course in which students will collect and analyze data, then write complete scientific lab reports. Labs are a very important method of learning science as a process.
AP biology students need to understand and accept the fact that AP biology will make unusually heavy demands on their time and energy. THIS IS A VERY FAST PACED, INTENSE COURSE. Students report spending and average of 7-10 hours of study time outside of class each week.
AP biology labs take at least 25% of the course hours. The lab times do not always conform to a ringing school bell. Please understand that some labs will require the students to prep between 7:30 to 8:00 am, continue unfinished labs at lunch, and sometimes stay after school between 3:00 to 3:30 pm on the day of longer labs.
Responsible conduct is a must. I cannot get through all of the material and lab content if I have to deal with problems. This is a college level class.
EVALUATION Students can expect a major quiz weekly and a test every two to three weeks. The tests will cover multiple chapters and each exam has both multiple choice and most importantly essay questions.
Course grades are determined by total points a student earns on all assigned work, relative to the total possible number of points. Only tests will be curved, regarding the point total of the top student as the total possible. There are three main components to the course grade:
Components for Semester Grade:
25% Daily/Home Work: Chapter Outlines, Self-Quizzes, Worksheets, etc.
35% Lab Reports and Activities/Presentations/Etc.
40% Exams and Quizzes The AP Exam does not have an effect on your course grade. The exam is based on a 1-5 point scale and most colleges give credit for 3, 4, or 5. Although it is worthy to note that a few private colleges will only give credit for 4 or 5. Keep in mind that even if you score high on the exam, you may elect not to exempt introductory biology in college.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED MATERIALS (students must provide)
In order to be prepared for this course, each student must have the following materials in addition to the text and lab manual provided by NPA:
Three ring binder with notebook paper (preferable college-rule)
Lab book with graphing paper
Blue or black ink pens – all labs and essays must be written in ink.
*CONTENT TO BE COVERED MAY VARY BUT THE GENERAL OUTLINE IS BELOW* UNIT 1 – The Chemistry of Life and Cell Activity
Basic Chem, Water, and Organic Compounds/ Macromolecules
Structure of atoms, isotopes, compounds
Acids/Bases and Buffers
Properties of Water
Carbons role in molecular diversity
Monomers, polymers, and rxn involved in building/breaking
Using kits to build macromolecules
Cells and Cellular Membranes
Types of Cells: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
Cell Size, Surface area to Volume Ratio
Structure and Function, Similarities and Differences between 2 major types
Types of Transport
Cell communication, signal transduction pathway
Relate Specific Disease caused by defective Signaling pathway
Levels of cAMP regulate gene expression
Clay Models and Presentations, Bioflix and Animations
Diffusion and Osmosis Lab (#4)
Lab Simulation for Cell Communication
Construction paper models of G-protein receptor
Research Drugs affecting receptors