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BMS 110: Concepts in the Biomedical Sciences

Summer 2017

Instructor: Ms. Tricia Haynes, M.S.

Office: Professional 337 (keep walking past the BMS 110 lab)
Office hours: By appointment (Im generally here by 10 am, and leave by 2 pm, Monday
through Thursday).

Course Description: An introductory biological sciences course with examples in human

biology and biotechnology. A comprehensive laboratory prepares students for further
coursework in the sciences.

BMS 110 Course vs. BIO 121: In order to determine whether you are in the appropriate
course, please see the section titled, BMS 110 versus BIO 121 which can be found under the
Course Documents tab on Blackboard.

Course Objectives:

1. Acquire an overview in life science concepts with an emphasis on human biology and
applications (GG 10, SLO 5)
2. Acquire a working vocabulary of scientific words that are used to express important scientific
and biological concepts
3. Gain an appreciation for the power, value, significance, and challenge of an analytical,
proactive, problem-oriented approach to the life sciences that is based on the approaches used
in cell and molecular biology (GG 10, SLO 2)
Prepare students for additional coursework in the College of Health and Human Services
emphasizing human genetics, human anatomy, human physiology, and major programs of study
in cell and molecular biology, the clinical laboratory sciences, and dietetics, etc.
4. Describe the chemical, physical, and cellular basis to all life forms exhibiting a hierarchical
organization of complexity and potential (GG 10, SLO 1)
5. Basic concepts in nutrition, specifically as they relate to human importance for growth and
development (GG 10, SLO 5)
6. Explain the structures, functions, and integration of the primary human body systems,
including the digestive, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, excretory, nervous, sensory, and
reproductive systems (GG 10, SLO 1, 5)
7. Discuss the mechanisms of heredity and genetic expression in living systems, with examples of
human characteristics and genetic disease (GG 10, SLO 5)
8. Develop a working knowledge of the methods, instrumentation, and procedures that are used
in scientific inquiry though utilization of experimental and investigative approaches (GG 10,
SLO 2, 3)
9. Develop the ability to communicate scientifically through problem-based activities requiring
students to analyze, evaluate, think critically, and use the scientific method (GG 10, SLO 3)

General Education Description: This course meets the general education requirements for the Natural
World: Life Sciences. General Goal (10): Students will understand basic concepts of living things, the
nature of scientific knowledge, and relevance of biological knowledge to human affairs.

Specific learning outcomes (SLO) met by this course include:

SLO 1 - Understand living systems by describing their nature, organization, and

SLO 2 - Understand and use the processes by which scientific knowledge of living things
is generated.
SLO 3 - Develop knowledge of living things through hypothesis testing and gain the
ability to draw defensible conclusions regarding living things.
SLO 5 - Understanding the human species as a biological organism

Lecture Text: Ireland and Ireland. Human Biology for Missouri State University, Wiley &
Sons; U.S.A; 2013

Required Use of Blackboard: Course documents, quizzes, homework, assessment, etc can be
found on the lecture and lab Blackboard sites.

Course Policies

Attendance: Because class attendance and course grade are demonstrably and positively related, the
University expects students to attend all class sessions of courses in which they are enrolled. Each instructor has
the responsibility to determine specific attendance policies for each course taught, including the role that
attendance plays in calculation of final grades and the extent to which work missed due to non-attendance can be
made up. On the first day of class, each instructor will make available to each student a written statement of the
specific attendance policy for that class. The University encourages instructors not to make attendance a
disproportionately weighted component of the final grade. The University expects instructors to be reasonable in
accommodating students whose absence from class resulted from: (1) participation in University-sanctioned
activities and programs; (2) personal illness; or (3) family and/or other compelling circumstances. Instructors have
the right to request documentation verifying the basis of any absences resulting from the above factors. Any
student who believes that his or her final grade for a course has been reduced unfairly because of attendance
factors has the right to appeal that grade. COME TO

Instructor Drop: If a student does not attend by the second class meeting of a semester or summer session,
and has not informed the departmental office of the intent to remain in the course, the instructor may institute
proceedings to drop the student from the class. (This is generally done only when the space is needed for another
student.) A faculty member may not institute drop proceedings after the second week of class. A student cannot
drop a course merely by not attending classes. The student who is dropped by the instructor will be notified of
such action by the Office of the Registrar.

Academic Dishonesty: Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing

educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are responsible
for knowing and following the universitys student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and
Procedures, available at and also
available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library. Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty
will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy. Such sanctions include: denying credit on the
assignment/exam, requiring additional assignments/exams, lowering of a students course grade, issuing a

failing course grade of F, issuing a failing course grade of XF, indicating failure due to academic
dishonesty, AI Policy tutorial, and/or integrity course (1 credit hour).

Cell Phone: As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students who
are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to
respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the Office of the Provost prohibits the use by students of cell phones,
pagers, PDAs, or similar communication devices during scheduled classes. All such devices must be turned off or
put in a silent (vibrate) mode and ordinarily should not be taken out during class. Given the fact that these same
communication devices are an integral part of the Universitys emergency notification system, an exception to this
policy would occur when numerous devices activate simultaneously. When this occurs, students may consult their
devices to determine if a university emergency exists. If that is not the case, the devices should be immediately
returned to silent mode and put away. Other exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the
instructor. I do not want to see or hear it.

Dropping the Class: It is your responsibility to understand the Universitys procedure for dropping a class.
If you stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class, you will receive a failing
grade and will also be financially obligated to pay for the class. For information about dropping a class or
withdrawing from the university, contact the Office of the Registrar at 836-5520. See Academic Calendars for
deadlines (

If you are considering dropping the class, please be sure to make an appointment with me.

Refund Policy: You will receive a course refund as stated in the Academic Calendar for Summer 2011:

Class cancellation for emergencies or weather: The decision to close the University or to cancel
classes will be announced to the news media prior to 6 am. In the event that a scheduled exam is cancelled you
should anticipate that the examination will take place at the next scheduled class period.

Nondiscrimination: Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and

maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At
all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Equity and
Diversity, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417) 836-4252. Other types of
concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be
brought to the attention of your instructors Department Head. Please visit the OED website at

Disability Accommodation: To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of
Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability
Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to
the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For
information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787,

Makeup Policies: I DO NOT allow make up exams UNLESS you are missing the exam for a school sponsored
event (I will need documentation at the beginning of the semester). If you are missing school for a school
sponsored event, please notify me before the absence so that any necessary arrangements can be made. If you
have an extenuating circumstance (emergency surgery, ruptured appendix, hospitalization, etc) you must send an
email to me at least 24 hours prior to the exam date/time, at which time I will determine whether or not a make-
up will be granted. I may also require written documentation for your excuse. Do NOT assume that a makeup
will be granted, as it is at the discretion of the instructor.

Late Assignments: I will accept late work (i.e. work turned in after the due date/time) for lecture
homework, post-lab assignments, and the lab report, but will deduct 25% of the point value for each day that it is
late (after 4 days the maximum point value is zero). All days of the week are included in the late policy (Sunday
through Saturday). This does not include online quizzes OR exams.

BMS 110 Course Grading:

Lecture Grade:

Exams (4 x 75 pt)a 300 pt

Final Exam2 100 pt

BB Quizzes (2 x 5 pt & 5 x 10 pt)3 60 pt

Homework (5 x 20 pt) 100 pt

Total 560 points

Grading Scale: This course participates in the University Plus/Minus Grading system: Lecture total points and lab total
points will be combined for a total of 850 points for BMS 110.

515.2 560 points A (92.0 % and up)

504 515.1 points A- (90% to 91.99%)
490 503.9 points B+ (87.5% to 89.99%)
459.2 489.9 B (82.0% to 87.49%)
448 459.1 points B- (80% to 81.99%)
434 447.9 C+ (77.5% to 79.99%)
403.2 433.9 C (72.0% to 77.49%)
392 403.1 points C- (70% to 71.99%)
378 391.9 points D+ (67.5% to 69.99%)
336 377.9 points D (60% to 67.49%)
335.9 and lower F (59.99% and lower)

**Please note, there will be no rounding up/down, and there are no circumstances under
which a student could do any extra work or extra credit to achieve a higher grade. If you
are taking this course as a pre-requisite to another course (such as BMS 231 or BMS 307),
you will need to achieve at least a C grade or higher (403.2 points or higher) in order to
meet the pre-requisite requirement.**

1. Exams
a. Lecture exams: 50 questions worth 1.5 points each.

2. Final Exam
The final exam in lecture is comprehensive and will consist of 50 questions worth 2
points apiece. The final exam will cover Chapters 1, 3-13.

3. Blackboard Assessments
You will be required to complete a pre-test assessment and a post-test assessment.
The pre and post-tests are each worth 5 points FOR COMPLETION (even though
Blackboard shows a total out of 50 points). You will also be required to complete 5
online quizzes also utilizing Blackboard, Lecture Quiz tab.

Use Firefox (preferred browser) to login to MyMissouriState. Select Blackboard 9.1

(Beta). Go to the Lecture Quiz tab and select the quiz, WHEN YOU ARE READY TO
TAKE IT. It is important that you do not select any of the browser buttons (such as
the forward and back buttons, or selecting a tab to open a new browser) once you
have started a quiz. Such selection will cause you to be kicked out of the quiz, and
you will not be allowed to re-enter. Also, it is highly recommended that you do not
wait until the last minute to take the quizzes. If you do wait until the last minute,
and you experience a problem (Internet connection, etc), then I will be unable to
reset the quiz, because the deadline will have passed.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

5/30 5/31 6/1 6/2
Ch 1, 2 (I) Ch 3, Start Ch4 Ch 4 Quiz 2 due at
1 Start Ch 3 Pre assessment due Quiz 1 due at 11:59 PM
at 11:59 PM 11:59 PM
6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/9
Lecture Exam 1 Ch 20(I), Ch 1,2 (S) Ch 18, 20(I), Ch 2(S) Ch 20(I), Ch 1(S) Quiz 3 due at
2 Ch 20(I), Ch1,2 (S) Homework 1 due Cell Reproduction Genetics 11:59 PM
Central Dogma at 11:59 PM
6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16
Lecture Exam 2 Finish Ch 20(I) Finish Ch 5 Ch 12 (I) Homework 4
3 Ch 20(I), Ch 2 (S) Start Ch 5(I) Start Ch 12(I) Homework 3 due due at 11:59
Tissues Cardiovascular at 11:59 PM PM
Homework 2 due System
at 11:59 PM
6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23
Lecture Exam 3 Ch 9, 10 (I) Ch 13(I) Ch 14,15(I) Quiz 4 due at
4 Ch 9, 10 (I) Respiratory System Digestive System 11:59 PM
Immunity Homework 5 due at and Nutrition
11:59 PM
6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29
Lecture Exam 4 Ch 16(I) Urinary Study Day
5 Ch 14,15 (I) System Post assessment FINAL EXAM
Quiz 5 due at due at 11:59 PM
11:59 PM

Pre- and Post-Assessments are worth 5 points each for completion.
Each quiz is 10 points. 5 quizzes total of 50 points.
Each quiz contains 20 questions each 0.5 point. Total time limit 30 minutes.
Quiz 1: Chapter 3 (I) Chemistry of Life
Quiz 2: Chapter 4 (I) Structure and Function of Cells
Quiz 3: Chapter 18, 20 (I), 2(S) Cell Reproduction
Quiz 4: Chapter 13 (I) Respiration
Quiz 5: Chapter 14, 15 (I) Digestive System and Nutrition
Each homework is 20 points and there are 5 homework assignments. Total of 100 points. There is no
time limit on the homework.
HW 1: Central Dogma
HW 2: Genetics
HW 3: Tissues
HW 4: Cardiovascular System
HW 5: Immunity
Lecture Exams:
Each lecture exam is 75 points. There are 4 exams. Total of 300 points.
Each exam has 50 questions, 1.5 points each.
Each exam will include what we covered by Thursday of the previous week.
Final exam is comprehensive. It is 100 points, with 50 questions each for 2 points. The exam will be from
10:30 to 12:30 PM.