Mrs. Satre’s Advanced Placement Biology Syllabus

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Mrs. Satre’s Advanced Placement Biology Syllabus

2013-2014 Trimesters 1, 2, & 3

Jefferson High School , Bloomington, MN Room C128


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Refer to Moodle link for lecture notes

Use school HUB for daily assignment calendar for all class subjects
COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP Biology is rigorous course designed to be equivalent to what is typically taught in introductory college Biology classes. This curriculum is based on the biology standards required by the College Board and is centered around the (now)13 laboratory investigations that the AP Exam will focus on. This course incorporates the most recent revisions to the course and the format of AP exam that students will take in May 2014. Successful passing of this exam can lead to introductory college biology or elective credit depending on the requirements of the college a student attends.
The mission for this class is to provide students with an opportunity to design and perform investigations, gain awareness and increase understanding of the interdependence of living organisms, their interactions with the environment and the continuation of life on earth. The objective is for students to demonstrate the ability to use specific skills and processes, appropriate scientific terminology as they explore life itself. Hopefully this experience will inspire students to become responsible citizens and possibly continue their studies in biology or a related science.
Textbook: Campbell Biology AP Edition, 9th edition, Reece, Urry, Cain, et al. Pearson, Benjamin Cummings Publishers (2011) Text will be checked out for the year. Student will be responsible for $100 replacement cost if lost or badly damaged. E-text is available with an individual password and has many "Mastering Biology" online resources.

As a college level class, students will be graded primarily on tests, quizzes and lab reports.

Credit for homework will primarily be based on student's binder/portfolio of learning/study logs for each unit.
Students are responsible for monitoring and pacing their own learning and committing to studying every day to keep up. Staying on top of material by reading or doing online tutorials ahead of classroom instruction can prevent the subject matter from becoming overwhelming. The pacing of the essential topics can't "slow down" due to timing of the AP test.
At Jefferson High School The AP grade is weighted when factored into the grade point average. School grading policy dictates that approximately 20% will be daily work and activities, 65% regular assessments (tests, quizzes, formal lab reports). Final Trimester Exams are worth approximately 15% of the trimester grade.

Grading (based on a 90 80 70 60 scale) is the current default grading scale of Jefferson.

100-93 A 92.9 - 90 A- 89.9 - 87 B+ 86.9 - 83 B 82.9 - 80 B-

79.9 -77 C+ 76.9 -73 C 72.9 - 70 C- 69.9 - 67 D+ 66.9 - 63 D

62.9 - 60 D-
It is the student's responsibility to check online grades posted on TIES. Mistakes should be reported as soon as possible so they can be corrected. Assignments and tentative test dates are posted on the online HUB, on the class web site schedule link, and on the classroom whiteboard. Changes may occur frequently, so classroom whiteboard is the most reliable source of due dates.
The science department has common policies for accepting late work and making up tests.

Late work will be accepted full credit until unit tests. Late work will be discounted (up to 50%) after the test, and will not be accepted more that one week after the unit test. One test may be retaken each trimester if remedial work is completed. Dates and times for retakes will be scheduled by conferring with the teacher. Generally this will occur during academic seminar of after school. The retake score will be the final score, even if it is lower.
Mrs. Satre is usually available after school except for the first Tuesday of the month and on "block" Wednesdays due to required staff meetings.
Passing the AP Exam and receiving college credit should be the intent of all those taking this class. We will have review sessions, sample testing and essay writings in preparation for the AP exam, which is near mid May 2014. (College Board AP test scores are not released until late June so they do not affect the class grade)

At all times students are expected to follow school and classroom rules, behave in a responsible and mature manner, conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and conduct themselves with honor and integrity.
Mrs. Satre will comply with all Jefferson attendance, academic and behavior policies, including cheating.
Regular attendance in an AP class is essential due to the fast pace. It is usually not possible to make up most labs. After an absence it is crucial that students get missed assignments as soon as possible. It is recommended that you have "study buddies" who can get missed work and assignments for you. Exchange phone numbers with them. Powerpoint lectures will usually be posted on Moodle, linked to class page.
Materials: Students are required to maintain an organized loose-leaf binder with dividers and many pocket folders for hand-outs for different units. This will also be used to keep learning logs and study notes. A dedicated bound lab notebook will be required for certain inquiry labs. (teacher will provide this) Regular calculators (cheap) will be useful. The AP test does allow these, but not programable or graphing calculators. Copies of the text will be available in the classroom.

The AP curriculum designates about 25% of class time for inquiry-based laboratory activities. At least two inquiry labs will be tied to each "Big Idea" (BI).

The four Big ideas are:

Big idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

Big idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.

Big idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

The curriculum also intentionally focuses on the following

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