Deacon Dr. Donald W. Sparling
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences. Topics include elements of biochemistry, cell structure and function, reproduction, genetics, evolutionary theory, plant and animal diversity, elements of physiology, and a brief examination of ecology. The course consists of lecture presentations and a virtual biology lab.
Each week Podcasts will be available and students are expected to either listen to them and follow along with the Power Point presentations. I am using the MIX function on Power Point which integrates audio with visual presentations. If you do not have Power Point or have an older version that does not allow such mixing please download the Powerpoint viewer from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13
Objective: Become acquainted with basic biochemistry as it pertains to the rest of the course.
Objective: Learn the various parts and functions of the cell.
Objective: Be able to identify the path of energy conversion from the foods we eat to how the energy is packaged by cells to how we use this energy
Objective: Be able to distinguish mitosis from meiosis and the principal stages of each form of cell division.
Objective: Begin to understand the mechanisms of genetic inheritance
Objective: Genetics is sometimes a difficult but very important topic in biology. This week we will continue with our discussion of inheritance and begin to understand some of the problems associated with inheritance.
Objective: Learn the elements of the theory of evolution and the Catholic Church’s position on the teaching of evolution.
Objective: Become acquainted with simple life forms including single-celled organisms and plants. Begin to understand the concept of systematics.
Objective: Continue our exploration of the diversity of life by encountering the Animal Kingdom.
Objective: Take a more detailed look at plant life and how plants make a living
Objective: Take a more detailed look at animals and how they function
Objective: This week we get into biological mechanisms and physiology. How does the animal (read: human) body work?
Objectives: Develop an understanding of homeostasis within the body and some of the mechanisms that maintain homeostasis. Understand what happens when the body goes out of homeostasis and some of the causes for that.
1. Read Mader Chapters 26 and 27; Pages 496-512
2. No lab this week
3. No mini-exam
4. Discussion Question. One of the great questions of those who have or are seeking faith is why does God allow suffering. What are your thoughts on why God allows disease?
Objective: Really these are two loosely related topics. So one objective is to become acquainted with the nervous system from the brain to the peripheral nerves. A second objective is to study human reproduction and fetal development.
Objective. Begin to understand how animals, plants, and the non-living elements of the world (air, water, land, etc.) interact with each other. Take the final exam
Total 640 Points or 660 with extra credit
Class participation will consist of contributions to the Class discussion sections of the course website. All students were expected to contribute to the running discussions on that site and participation will be evaluated using the class participation guidelines under GRADING RUBRICS on the course website.
There will be 4 quizzes spaced throughout the course. These quizzes will be taken through the course website and will include multiple choice, true or false, and subjective questions (short answer) to determine if the details of biology are being conveyed. Because there is no way to determine if books are open or closed during quizzes and exams all will be consider to be open book. Every student is expected to do their own work and evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero for that quiz or test for all involved.
Also scattered throughout the course will be 12 laboratory exercises and quizzes. These will come from the lessons located in the McGraw Hill Biology Virtual Laboratory.
Exercise manual. The final exam will be taken during the 15th week of the course. This will be available through the Tests section of the course website in Populi.
Students will have 7 days to complete a given quiz. All quizzes will be open for 10 days. Course weeks start on 12:01 AM Central Time the Monday of a given week and stretch until 11:59 of the following Sunday.
Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl)
A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below
Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.
Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.
Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.
Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.
A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
Deacon Dr. Donald W. Sparling (titles sometimes are confusing, I have a Ph.D. in biology and I am an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church – so is it Dr. Deacon? Deacon Dr.? Reverend Doctor? Don works fine if you’re comfortable with it). I received my Ph.D. in 1979 and did a post doc that same year. I then taught at Ball State University, Muncie Indiana for three years. From there I was a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 23 years. I took an early retirement and became an Associate Professor in Zoology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2004 and retired in July 2014. My wife and I have been married for 44 years and I have two grown children, Justin and Jessica. I enjoy teaching, fishing, working in my vineyard, and writing.