Ann Reisenauer

Biology 10 Information



Ann Reisenauer - Biology 10

Bio10 Syllabus Winter 2014

Introduction to Biology - 5 Units

Instructor:  Ann Reisenauer

  • Lecture: MW 2:30-4:15 pm in S34
  • Lab: M or W 4:30-7:15 in S51

Class Materials:

  • Recommended text: Campbell Essential Biology by Simon, Reece and Dickey (4th or 5th edition)
  • Lab Activities, Instructor Ann Reisenauer: available at the De Anza Bookstore
  • One pack of 3 X 5 inch index cards – bring to every lecture
  • Catalyst website:

An introduction to biology as a branch of the biological sciences and to its basic unifying principles, with selected application to the scientific method, evolutionary concepts, genetic modification , biotechnology, ecology, ecological crises and human impacts.

Advisory:  English Writing 100B, and Reading 100 (or Language Arts 100) or English as a Second Language 24 and 72 (or ESL 4)

Don't own a computer?  Computer Access is available on campus at the Science Learning Center (in SC3) and the Open Media Lab.

  1. Evaluate the correlation of structure and function in plants and animals

  2. Identify and explain the characteristics of Life.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of human activities on the biosphere.

  4. Apply principles of the scientific method to every day problems and develop potential plans for solutions.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
A. Analyze the scientific method as an indispensible tool of investigation.

B. Evaluate the characteristics of life.

C. Analyze the molecular structure and function of the cell, its organelles and the coordination of cellular activities and processes in the organism.

D. Summarize the processes of cellular and human reproduction

E. Evaluate the scientific evidence supporting the theory of evolution.

F. Appraise and analyze the components and interrelationships of communities, ecosystems and the biosphere.

G. Assess the impacts of human activities on the biosphere

H. Inventory the historical roles and contributions of pioneers of scientific research.


Tests and quizzes will cover lecture, lab and reading materials.

  • Lecture = 290 pts
    • Best 2 out of 3 exams (100 pts each)
    • Index card questions & in-class activities (30 pts)
    • Assignments (60 pts)
  • Laboratory = 160 pts
    • 8 lab reports (15 pts each = 120 pts)
    • Group Presentations (40 pts)
  • Final Exam = 100 points
  • Total points possible = 550 pts

  • Assignments are not accepted more than 1 week late.
  • Lecture Exams. Exam questions will be multiple choice, matching and short answer.  Please bring a scantron and a #2 pencil with you to the exams.  I will drop the lowest score of the three exams.  NO make-up exams will be given. 

Letter Grade: Percentage of Points Earned

Your accumulated total points are compared to the total possible points, and your letter grade is determined as follows:

A    90-100%
B    80-89%
C    68-79%
D    55-67%
F    <55%

Class Attendance

Attendance and participation in both class and lab is required for students to be successful in this course. Class participation will be assessed using in-class activities and index card questions (2 pts each). 


In the spirit of collegiality, students are encouraged to work together in lab, form study groups and challenge each other. However, written assessments and exams are considered to be the individual and independent work of the student alone.

Students who cheat will receive zero points on that exam, assignment, extra credit or other means of evaluation. A zero score for cheating on an exam will not be dropped as the lowest score and will be included in your grade for the class.  Cell phone use during a test for any reason is considered cheating.

Plagiarism, defined as either 1) direct copying of text from a published work or from an online source without appropriate referencing, or 2) use of another students work, will result in zero points for that assignment. 

Discipline issues

Behavioral expectations/ consequences are describeed in the Student Handbook at Please note that
“If the conduct occurred in the classroom, the instructor may remove the student from his or her class for that day and the next class meeting if the student interfered with instructional process”


Students who are absent more than 5 times may be dropped from the course by the instructor.  

However, once the college deadline for dropping a class has passed, the instructor cannot drop the student. It is the student's responsibility to formally drop the course with Admissions & Records by the deadline given in the schedule of classes (available online at Students who do not drop the course by this deadline and who stop coming to class will get an F in the course.



Last Updated: 12/27/13