Course: Honors/AP Biology

V Honors/AP Biology • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from September 5, 2017 to June 1, 2018
Monday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET • Wednesday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET • Friday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $600.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Honors/AP Biology website.
* Description
Meeting times for this course will be available in February, 2016. If you are interested in this course and have time constraints, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.

AP/Honors Biology builds on concepts of matter acquired in junior high or basic chemistry, covering more advanced concepts in, organic chemistry, the structure and components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics and heredity, evolution and speciation, comparative anatomy with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, plant structure, growth, and reproduction, and ecology. Students must complete five safety and skills checkout labs and 15 lab exercises to receive AP credit. Student who complete fewer labs than required for AP credit but satisfactorily complete all other work may receive honors credit for the course.

In 2013, the College Board revised requirements for the AP Biology course and exam preparation. This course has been updated and certified to meet or exceed all syllabus requirements, including lab work, for AP Biology. Students completing this course satisfactorily will be prepared to take the SAT II and/or AP Biology examinations

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets 3 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students are expected to read 20-30 pages of text with close attention to graphical information, complete 10-12 study guide exercises, and write two short essays each week. Online quizzes are required for each chapter, term reports and comprehensive examinations are given each semester. Students also must complete lab exercises and reports (approximately two labs every three weeks).
* Prerequisites
One year accelerated life science course at junior high level, Natural Science II. or basic high school biology.
* Recommended background
Students should have completed a junior high school level course in life science that covers the description of a cell and its method of reproduction, concepts of classification of organisms, some evolution theory, and some human anatomy and physiology (i.e., human organ systems and their functions). We cover all of these topics in detail, and students have an easier time if they have been exposed to the basic concepts before starting this course. It is also useful to have some physical science experience, especially with the concepts of atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and thermodynamics or heat energy to better understand our discussions of cell structure and functions.
* Instructor's Notes
Attendance at three weekly sessions is required for all students. Two sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments. The third session will cover lab work and specific preparation for the AP examination in May, 2017.

Controversial topics such as evolution, reproductive controls, and genetic engineering require student maturity. For information about our approach to evolution, see the evolution page.

V Textbooks and Materials
* AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach Student Manual
The College Board
This text is required.
ISBN: None
Publisher's website: AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach Student Manual
Best sources: store.collegeboard.com/productdetail.do?Itemkey=110084587
Other information: Item #110084587
* Biology: Concepts and Connections (Edition: 8)
Neil A. Campbell, Janet B. Reece, Lawrence G. Mitchell, Martha R. Taylor
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321885326
Publisher's website: Biology: Concepts and Connections
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: An alternative format (3-hole looseleaf) that is somewhat cheaper is available and may be substituted (ISBN 0321885325). eText versions are also available to buy or rent; be sure to purchase the correct edition for the length of the course (September 2017-May 2018). MasteringBiology access is not required as it adds significantly to the cost. Students may not substitute editions (e.g., students may NOT use edition 7 of the textbook for the 2017-2018 course).
* Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments (Edition: 1)
Robert B. Thompson, Barbara F. Thompson
This text is required.
ISBN: 1449396593
Publisher's website: Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Lab materials for the lab section of the course may be purchased from a number of places. However, the Home Scientist website also offers several kits to supplement this text.
* Student Study Guide for Biology: Concepts and Connections (Edition: 7)
Liebert, Campbell, Reece, Taylor, Simon, Dickey
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0321742583
Publisher's website: Student Study Guide for Biology: Concepts and Connections
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: STUDY GUIDE WARNING: I have placed this book on optional status; this is the 7th edition; as of 1 Jan 2017, there does not appear to be a study guide to accompany the 8th edition as the publisher moves to online tools. Most exercises will apply to the 8th edition, however, and many students may find completing related exercises useful, although some information in genetics will be outdated.


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