Georgia Highlands College


BIOL 2154K

Instructor:††† Mrs.Lisa Branson, MS

Phone:†††† 678-872-8412


Office Location:†††† 256C (Cartersville Campus)


Prerequisites:†††† Completion of BIOL 1010K or BIOL 2107K with a grade of C or better.

Course Description:†††† This course includes an overview of the diversity of the viruses, heterotrophic Bacteria, heterotrophic Protista, and the Kingdom Animalia. Animal organ systems will also be studied comparatively in terms of anatomy, function and physiology; special emphasis will be placed on vertebrates.† [Georgia Highlands Catalog 2007-2009].


  1. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its informational content.

  2. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its terminology.

  3. Students will demonstrate competency of one discipline in the sciences in terms of its commonly used units of measurement.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to operate basic instrumentation, gather data, analyze data, and generate conclusions in a laboratory or observational setting.

  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply discipline content to problem solving.


  1. Identify and define the characteristics of all living organisms and apply these characteristics to animals, fungi, protozoans, bacteria, and viruses.

  2. Distinguish between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and give examples of each.

  3. Describe the theory of the origin and evolution of life on earth as it relates to kingdom Animalia.

  4. Name and describe the distinguishing features of each of the major kingdoms.

  5. Describe the characteristics, list examples of each phylum, subphylum and class (when applicable) in each of the following kingdoms (Animal-like Protista, Animalia).

  6. Compare and contrast the body plans of different animals and discuss organization of body tissues.

  7. Identify and describe the basic anatomy and physiology of each of the following animal systems: Nervous, Endocrine, Skeletal-Muscular, Circulatory, Immunity, Respiratory, Digestion, Urinary, and Animal Reproduction.

  8. Relate the differences in anatomical structure and functions among the various phyla of kingdom Animalia.

  9. Identify and describe the functions of tissues, organs and organ systems in the laboratory setting using preserved organisms, models and histological slides.


Lecture:†††† Biology: Concepts and Investigations, Hoefnagels, 2012, 2nd ed.††

  • Although the instructor makes power point slides and other course materials available, they are meant only to be a SUPPLEMENT to the above required texts.† Regularly reading your textbook is NECESSARY to facilitate comprehension of the material.

Laboratory:†††† Inquiry into Biology Laboratory Manual, Mader, 2014, 14th ed.

  • The lab manual is NOT an optional text. Every student must have a copy for the instructor to check upon completion of each lab activity as labs WILL NOT be accepted on notebook paper.

Scantrons:†††† Tests and exams are PRIMARILY multiple choice. Students MUST provide their own Scantron answer forms, which are available at the campus bookstore for a small cost. Scantron forms must be clean, uncreased, and without excess marks to be read properly by the machine. Running out of forms, using forms that are in poor condition, or marking forms improperly may lead to a student receiving no credit for the corresponding test or exam. The answers marked on the Scantron form are the ones graded. NO CREDIT will be given for answers marked correctly on the examination copy which are marked incorrectly on the Scantron form. For these reasons students are encouraged to be prepared with several forms at every exam.


Course grades will be computed on the following basis:

Grades will be based on the following:† Points Your Points
Exams (4 @ 100 points each) 400 ______
Scavenger Hunt 80 ______
Final Exam (Cumulative) 200 ______
Total 680 ______

Lecture Exams:†††† Each exam may include multiple question formats with the first 4 exams will be being worth 100 pts each and cover only the material since the previous exam. Additionally, before calculating the final grade, the lowest exam grade will be replaced by the highest. The final exam will be cumulative and is worth 200 points.

Scavenger Hunt:† Students will work in small groups (2 Ė 3) and be required to collect photographs of specimens from an instructor provided list, each with its own point value. More details about the format and requirements can be obtained from a separate source/web link.


Course grades will be computed on the following basis:†††††

Grades will be based on the following: Points Your Points
Lab exercise questions (8 @ 5 pts. each) 40 ______
Lab quizzes (8 @ 10 pts. each) 80 ______
Lab Practical 100 ______
Total 220 ______

Lab Exercises: Each laboratory exercise requires documentation, graphing, and analysis of data; dissections, identifications, and/or completion of relevant questions to be answered. Points can only be earned by students physically being in the lab and actively completing the assignment (not copying from lab partners); labs canít be made up in the case of an absence. Your lab instructor will determine how points will be awarded.

Lab Quizzes:† Each lab quiz will cover material from the lab exercise to be done that day to ensure that students have prepared for class by reading the lab exercise beforehand. No make-ups are allowed for missed quizzes except for documentable emergencies (see below). It will consist of 5-10 questions in a variety of formats which may include: multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and/or short answer/essay.

Lab Station Statement*:† Lab stations will be assigned during the first week of lab.† It is the studentís responsibility to maintain a clean and organized lab station.† Failure to return lab material and equipment to the proper location will result in reduction in participation points to be determined by your instructor.† This includes the cleanliness of glassware and proper storage of lab supplies.


The letter grade for the course will be determined from the following scale:

A = 100 - 90; B = 89 - 80; C = 79 - 70; D = 69 - 60; F = 59 and below

Notice: If a student's final average is within one half a point (ex: 89.5) of the next letter grade the instructor will grant rounding up to the next letter grade if the student has not missed more than 90% of classes (3 days Fall and Spring/ 2 days Summer).


Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their studentís progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrarís Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their courses(s) at checkpoints scattered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2: Notification of non-attendance (January 27th, 2014)
Week 8: Midterm grades (February 24th, 2014)
Week 9: Withdrawl deadline (March 17th, 2014)


GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow students to have flexible schedules. However, there are only three semesters each year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is only at the end of each semester that grades are rolled to academic history and available on the official transcript. After each part-of-term, as soon as instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online by logging into SCORE. Transcripts may also be requested at any time by logging into SCORE. Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution they may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrarís Office for processing ( Please contact the Registrarís Office at if you need any assistance.


Lecture: †In any biological science course, there is a direct correlation between classroom attendance and academic performance.† Attendance will be recorded for advisory purposes and administrative record keeping.† You will be given an individual page to sign each date you attend. It is the studentís SOLE responsibility for obtaining all material, including handouts that were missed as a result of an absence; excused or unexcused.

Lab:† Weekly attendance to the laboratory is required.† Failure to attend laboratory during your normally scheduled lab time will result in a loss of points associated with that particular lab.† Due to the nature of the typical lab setting, there will be no make-up opportunities to earn lab points lost due to failure to attend. Attending another lab section is ONLY allowed with the lab instructorís permission.

Extended Absence Policy: † † Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% (3) of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.† The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.† All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.† (Note: If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)


NO make ups are given for any reason. There are absolutely no exceptions to this.


Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. Please be advised that any students receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes of completing course requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the studentís financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawl form.


If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements on the web site.† Cancellation notices will be reported to the local radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.


  • In order to withdraw, a course withdrawal form or a complete withdrawal form must be obtained from the Admissions and Records Office, filled out by the student, and signed by the instructor (for course withdrawal) or Admissions (for complete withdrawal).† If this paperwork is not done, then you are still considered enrolled in the course and will get an F even if you donít participate at all.† Do not expect a grade change from F to W once it is on the permanent transcript (following the close of the semester).

  • Any withdrawals after mid-semester will result in WF unless the Academic Vice- Presidentís office gives approval for a hardship, non-punitive withdrawal.† Such a decision is made cooperatively between the Academic Vice-Presidentís Office and the instructor.† Having a less-than-desirable grade average is not reason enough for a hardship case.† Make a decision based on your grade before mid-semester. In such a case, inform the instructor of the hardship situation, and then inform the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Rome Campus).† With appropriate documentation, the VP will send a letter of permission to the instructor to allow a non-punitive withdrawal.

  • In any withdrawl, forms are available at the Help Desk. It is also important that you check with the Financial Aid Office to see how your withdrawl might impact any financial aid.


Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC ďStudent Guide and PlannerĒ and in the Student Handbook at


If you feel that you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me early in the semester. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact 706-295-6336.

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