Cabrillo Biology Faculty since 1994
This course is an introduction to the functions of the healthy human body. Emphasis is on the underlying chemical basis of cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. This course examines general physiological principles, specific body systems, and the integration of multiple body systems.
Biology 6 is an introductory microbiology course that covers the cell structure, growth, metabolism, genetics, and control of microorganisms. The history of microbiology and the role of microorganisms in disease causation and transmission are also covered. While all microorganisms are introduced in this course, the emphasis will be on the bacteria. The laboratory exercises demonstrate the appropriate methods for handling, transferring, culturing and identifying bacteria.
1. Attend lectures
and take notes. I got over 3.8 million results when
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prepare for any biology course: http://www.drearlbloch.com/12_Step_Program.html or http://www.studygs.net/index.html or http://muskingum.edu/~cal/database/content/biology.html
re-write, and re-organize. Studies have shown that
success on exams depends on the level of detail in lecture
notes and that notes taken during class are only 20 – 40%
accurate and complete. To get the most out of lectures, it
is important to rewrite and reorganize your notes to fill in
missed information and understand the relationship between
concepts. Relisten to lectures either by recording them yourself on your phone or other device, or they will be made available through arrangements with me.
down your questions as you read the textbook and rewrite
your lecture notes. Make sure that your questions are answered
during lecture, office hours, or in a study group.
4. Use your textbook effectively. The assigned reading should at least be skimmed before coming to lecture, such as reading the paragraph headings and looking at pictures and diagrams. Read the chapter more carefully while you rewrite your lecture notes after lecture. Read short sections of a chapter at a time. There is too much information to absorb all at once in one, or even two, readings.
a study group with one or two other
students. Not only is this a beneficial means to review and
clarify the course information, it is an excellent way to get
to know your classmates.
to the instructor regarding your questions either
in class, during office hours or at some other pre-arranged
prepared to spend at least 8 to 10 hours a week in outside-class
study time. Build this time into your daily schedule. Don't rely on catching study time whenever you have a break or worse, one long weekend before a test - it won't be enough!
8. Accommodations. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact the Learning Skills Program at 479-6220 (for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder) or Disabled Student Services at 479-6379, to make arrangements as soon as possible.
Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratories and to be on time for them. Excessive absences and repeated tardiness will be noted and will be reflected in the grade received at the end of the semester. If, due to an emergency, you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed from another student. Going on a vacation is not an emergency, and such an absence is unexcused. If you are not present for the laboratory introduction, you will not be able to participate in that day's exercise. If you have a prolonged illness or other unexpected circumstances, be sure to notify me as soon as possible.
For the sake of your fellow students, be attentive and quiet until the class is over. Please observe courteous classroom etiquette. Turn off all cell phones during class. If your phone rings in class, you will be asked to stand, introduce yourself and apologize to the rest of the class. No text messaging during class, please.
Be sure to check Cabrillo's academic caledar for the deadlines to ADD, REGISTER, or DROP a course.
If you do not drop yourself through WebAdvisor, you will not get a refund of your fees.
You are responsible for dropping yourself through WebAdvisor if you choose to withdraw from this course at anytime during the semester. Do not rely on the instructor to drop you. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” on your transcript.
NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE REPEATABILITY POLICY: A state mandated change prohibits a student from enrolling in a course more than three times if the student has withdrawn or received a substandard grade (D, F, NP, or NC). This policy is retroactive (all your previous attempts count).