Mr. Scott Sharp
School Phone: (913) 583-8370
Course Unit Outline
Theme 1: Nature of Science
Unit 1: Scientific Inquiry
Theme 2: Interaction with the Environment
Unit 2: Interdependence of Organisms
Theme 3: Cell Structure and Function
Unit 3a: Chemistry of Life
Unit 3b: Organelle Structure and Function
Theme 4: Energy and Homeostasis
Unit 4a: Transport and Homeostasis
Unit 4b: Energy Transfer
Theme 5: Reproduction and Inheritance
Unit 5a: Mitosis & Meiosis
Unit 5b: Mendelian Genetics
Unit 5c: Molecular Genetics
Theme 6: Evolution
Unit 6a: Mechanisms of Evolution
Unit 6b: Biodiversity
Welcome and Philosophical Statement:
Welcome to General Biology! I think that we are going to have a great year together as we advance our understanding of the study of life. My goal in this class is for all of you to leave it as educated, knowledgeable citizens with respect to the nature of science (what science is) and many different facets of the study of life. Additionally, you will grow in your ability to ask questions and seek answers (inquiry), communicate your ideas through a diversity of manners (communication), assess your own academic growth and weaknesses (reflection), hold yourself to ever-higher standards (integrity), and to set goals and make them happen (perseverance); which comprise the De Soto High School Core Values, and which are vital to success in all aspects of life.
This general biology course is designed to present concepts in line with the Kansas State Life Science Standards, as well as the “Life Science” and the “Science in Personal and Social Perspectives” portions of the National Science Education Standards (NSES). (I have the NSES book in class if any of you are interested in what it is.) The class will focus on the study of life all the way from the chemicals that make up all matter to global ecology.
The text will be the 2008 version of Prentice Hall’s “Biology”. Each of you will be assigned your own book, and will be responsible for its condition at the end of this school year. These books are very expensive, so you will want to take care of them!
Format and Testing:
This course will focus on what we call Question Based Objectives which are presented at the start of each relevant unit. These objectives cover key question and identify the vocabulary that you will need to understand to answer the questions. Tests will cover the objectives, so what is on them should not be a mystery. I will not try to trick you. If you know the material in the objectives, and you pay attention in class, you will do well. If you are doing your best and are still not doing well in class, please come talk with me. Communication is of the utmost importance if we are to have a successful year.
You will be graded on a point system. Letter grades will be earned according to the following scale (based on mastery of objectives): NOTE: THE DISTRICT HAS ADOPTED A +/- SCALE, BUT GRADEPOINTS WILL REMAIN THE SAME.
Unit Exams- 30% of grade (these will cover the Question Based Objectives handed out at the start of each unit. Scores below 70% must be redone)
Common Assessments- 30% (these will be standard for all biology students at DHS. If proficiency is not shown, students will continue to work on these assessments until proficiency is reached)
Homework/Labs/Activities- 30% (this includes any assignments such as
worksheets, video responses, reflections, coloring sheets, and, for labs,
participation, written observations, formal lab reports, and on answering
required questions from each lab/activity)
Daily Participation- 10% (this will be based on active, positive, participation in class)
Work is due on the day identified in class, but if prior arrangements are made with me explaining the reasons, late work will be accepted. When work will be late, you must let me know in advance and make a specific plan of when something will be turned in.
Student will be on time and prepared.
Student will write every assignment in her/his De Soto Agenda.
Student will complete and turn in homework.
Student will do her/his best.
Student will make learning environment positive for everyone.
Student will be her/his own self-advocate, know own grade, and meet with
me one-on-one when there is a problem.