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Biology 1002                           General Biology II                                     Spring 2013

Course Syllabus

Lecture:  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 12:00pm;   D228


Carmen Hartford                                                                                                                                    Office: A315                                                                                                                                                                        Phone: (815) 224-0321                                                                                                                                        e-mail: 

Office Hours:  Monday 5:00pm – 6:00pm                           Lab Hours: Wednesday 10:00am – 11:00am

Wednesday 4:30pm – 6:00pm                                             Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm 

 Thursday 9:00am – 10:00am  

 Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00 pm

 Friday 11:00am – 12:00pm                                                          


Required Textbook: 

Mader, Sylvia S.  2011.  Inquiry into Life, 13th ed.  The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Laboratory Manual:

BIO 1002 General Biology II, Customized Laboratory Manual for Illinois Valley Community College.  Selected material from: Inquiry into Life Laboratory Manual, 13th edition.  Sylvia S. Mader.  The McGraw-Hill Companies.


Expected Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1.  Understand the levels of organization that are considered in studying the general biology of organisms,       with special emphasis on human  homeostatic process
  2. Understand  in general the ways in which the processes of digestion, respiration, circulation, excretion, nerve, and endocrine function and  reproduction work to maintain homeostasis, especially as these processes apply to human biology
  3. Demonstrate a general understanding of the behaviors exhibited by animals
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of ecology
  5. Demonstrate a general understanding of the diversity of life and the ways in which organisms are classified



Biology 1002                           General Biology II                                     Spring 2013

Attendance Policy – Attendance is taken each class period.  Students may be withdrawn from the course by the instructor after accumulating 4 unexcused absences.  If an absence is anticipated, please contact your instructor ahead of time.

In case of inclement weather or emergency – If you feel there is a possibility the college may cancel classes due to weather or some other event, you can tune in to WLPO 1220 AM or check the college website:

* Last day to withdrawal April 11th *    Students now have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes.  By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within webadvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course.  Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature.  IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.                                                                                                                                                              *Do not assume the instructor will withdrawal a student automatically due to lack of attendance.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

Academic dishonesty and cheating – Any student caught cheating during a lecture test, lab test, quiz, or any other evaluation will receive a zero for that evaluation.  Further actions may be taken as outlined in the student handbook.

* Violations of the IVCC Student Code of Conduct may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including withdrawal from the course (see IVCC catalog and Student Handbook).  THIS INCLUDES BEING RESPECTFUL TO MYSELF AND OTHERS IN CLASS.                                                                                           If you create a disruption or distraction in class you may be withdrawn from the class.

Student e-mail -  All students are now responsible for checking their IVCC e-mail.  All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC e-mail (student “K”

Safety – Please be aware of the location of all exits in your classroom, and know where to go if a fire, tornado, or intruder alarm sounds during class.  You will be expected to quickly and safely use appropriate action should any of these emergencies or drills take place.  Emergency procedures should be posted near the doorway of each classroom.  In case of any emergency, you can dial 911 from any campus phone.

No food, drink, or tobacco is allowed in the classroom or laboratory.  Headphones and iPods are not allowed in the lecture hall or laboratory.  Children are not allowed in the lecture hall or laboratory.

Please turn your cell phone off during all class meetings. Cell phones are not allowed in your possession during exams.


Biology 1002                           General Biology II                                     Spring 2013

Testing – Lecture tests will be given on scheduled lecture test days during lecture in D-228.

                 Lab test times will be announced!  

Make-up Tests – There will be a total of 4 lecture tests and 3 lab tests during the course of the semester.  If you miss a lecture and you have an excused absence, you will have 3 school days to make an appointment with your lecture instructor to take a make-up test.  The format of a make-up test will be left to the discretion of the instructor.

Quizzes – Various quizzes will be given during lecture throughout the semester.                                                                                                                (All lecture quizzes will be unannounced.)                                                                                                                * Missed quizzes cannot be made up.        

Assignments – Assignments will be given during the semester.  All assignments will have specific due dates and point values.  Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of up to one point per school day.   

You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (, 224-0284) or Judy Mika or 224-0350) or stop by office B-204.

In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or assessments.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to:  Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices. 

Methods of Evaluation: The final letter grade earned for this course will be based on the total number of points accumulated from lecture tests, laboratory tests, assignments, and quizzes.  The following grading scale will be used as a guide in assigning final letter grades:         

A:  90%-100% B:  80%-89% C:  70%-79% D:  60%-69% F:  below 60%


As the semester progresses, please ask me (Ms. Hartford) if you need help calculating your letter grade, or if you have any questions about the grading procedure.




Biology 1002                           General Biology II                                     Spring 2013


Laboratory Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm                         *Check the schedule posted in the lab for the dates of extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 6:30pm and the dates of open Saturdays.

Biology Lab Extension: 224-0308


Library Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 8:00pm; Friday, 7:30-4:30.  Please plan your work on research assignments accordingly. Many library resources are available online at Suggestions and concerns can be expressed at

Assessment Center Hours:  The assessment center will have new hours for the 2012-13 academic year at Oglesby and Ottawa.


Monday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ottawa Center:

Tuesday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m