Campbell High School
Instructor: Dr. Jody Hubbell
Email Address: Jody.Hubbell@cobbk12.org and Jody.Hubbell@gmail.com
School Phone Number: (678) 842-6850
Biology is a rapidly changing science that incorporates many areas of research. In IB Biology, students will become biologists by learning and incorporating content to methods and practices of science. There will be strong emphasis on student designed labs, inquiry, analysis, and application. Students will learn to critique and revise their own work so that it is presented professionally. Students will also investigate practices of fields that relate to biology, as well as international and ethical issues that relate to the study and progress of science.
Texts and Resources
Biology, 8th edition by Campbell and Reese
IB Biology by Pearson
Other sources will be posted on the Edmodo site.
This course will be taught using hands on experiences, labs, student designed labs, models, and other appropriate mechanisms. Many of the readings and assignments are independent and are expected to be completed by the student before class and applied to the class activity or lab the next day. This course requires a great deal of independent thinking, scientific argumentation, analytical thinking, and synthesis of original work.
Your grade in the course will be determined on a percentage basis. Letter grades will be determined on the following basis:
F Below 70
Approximate Breakdown of Grade
There will be a comprehensive final at the end of the semester, which will count as 15% of your final grade. Students who meet the school wide qualifications will have the option to exempt.
Classroom and Laboratory Guidelines
1. You will need a three-ring binder and dividers to keep up with a required notebook. Notebooks will include a variety of work and will be turned in periodically.
2. Bring your notebook, paper, textbook, and a writing utensil every day. Be on time and prepared for class each day.
3. Be in your seat, working on pre-labs or warm-ups each day, before the bell rings.
4. You are responsible for all make-up work. Remember that it is your responsibility to make arrangements for make-up work. Make-up work is due within five days after returning from an absence.
5. For you to be successful in class, you must be on time. The tardy policy as stated in your handbook will be enforced.
6. There is to be no food, candy, gum, or drinks of any kind in the classroom. This is a crucial policy in a laboratory setting.
7. Be courteous to others.
8. Homework will often be a continuation of a classroom assignment. Daily homework may not always be assigned. This does not mean that a student does not need to review notes, read, or practice use of vocabulary. These are critical to success in the class and ongoing learning in the Science program. Homework assignments must be turned in on time. Late homework will not be accepted.
Syllabus component Teaching hours
1. Cell biology 15
2. Molecular biology 21
3. Genetics 15
4. Ecology 12
5. Evolution and biodiversity 12
6. Human physiology 20
Additional higher level (AHL) 60
7. Nucleic acids 9
8. Metabolism, cell respiration and photosynthesis 14
9. Plant biology 13
10. Genetics and evolution 8
11. Animal physiology 16
Option 15 25
A. Neurobiology and behaviour 15 25
B. Biotechnology and bioinformatics 15 25
C. Ecology and conservation 15 25
D. Human physiology 15 25
Practical scheme of work 40 60
Practical activities 20 40
Individual investigation (internal assessment–IA) 10 10
Group 4 project 10 10
Total teaching hours 150 240
The recommended teaching time is 240 hours to complete HL and 150 hours to complete SL courses as stated in the document General regulations: Diploma Programme for students and their legal guardians (2011) (page 4, Article 8.2).
Further information regarding internal assessments, Group IV projects (Senior year), and ither IB-specific requirements can be found at the following web site: https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_4_biolo_gui_1402_1_e&part=2&chapter=1
Course Syllabus Agreement
Please sign and return for a quiz grade. If this form is not returned, you are still expected to abide by the policies of the syllabus, and a zero will be recorded for your first quiz grade. Please be sure to get this signed and returned by Friday, August 15, 2014. Again, this is a free chance for every student to get started off with a 100% for their first grade of the semester.
I have read the syllabus and agree to conduct myself in accordance with the rules and guidelines set forth. I understand that breaking the rules will result in appropriate action as stated in the syllabus. I am also aware of how to contact Dr. Hubbell about any aspect of my student’s course work and grades.
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Parent / Guardian Signature Date
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