AP Biology Course Syllabus - Mr. Johnson

These dates are only approximations, but should give an idea of the course sequence

Aug. Ch 8: Introduction to Metabolism

Enzyme Catalysis Lab

RQ: Ch 3: Water and the Fitness of the Environment

RQ: Ch 4: Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life


Ch 10: Photosynthesis

RQ: Ch 5: The Structure and Function of Macromolecules

Respiration Lab

RQ: Ch 9: RespirationPhotosynthesis Lab

RQ: Ch 6: A Tour of the Cell

Photosynthesis Cont’d

RQ: Ch 7: Cell Membranes


Ch 18: Regulation of Gene Expression

RQ: Ch 12: The Cell Cycle

Ch 18 (cont'd)

RQ: Ch 13: Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles

Ch 20: DNA Technology Review/quiz

RQ: Ch 14: Mendel and the Gene Idea

RQ: Ch 15: The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Bacterial Transformation (pVIB Lab)

Ch 21: Genomes and their Evolution


Ch 21: Genomes and their Evolution (cont'd)

RQ: Ch 16: The Molecular Basis of Inheritance

RQ: Ch 23: The Evolution of Populations (H-W calc will be in class)

RQ Ch 17: From Gene to Protein

Hardy Weinberg Lab

RQ: Ch 22: Descent with Modif: A Darwinian View


Ch 26 Phylogeny and the Tree of Life

RQ: Ch 24: The Origin of Species

Ch 28: The Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity

Ch 27: Prokaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity

Midterm Review/Midterm.


Ch 31: Fungi

Ch 34: Primates and the Evolution of Homo sapiens (rest review)

RQ: Ch 32: Introduction to animal diversity

Ch 42: Circulation and Gas Exchange

Blood Pressure/Rate/EKG Lab

Not ReviewRQ: Ch 40 Intro to Animal Structure and Function

Ch 42 Continued/Ch 44: Osmoregulation and Excretion

Not Review RQ: Ch 41: Animal Nutrition

Cat Dissections

Ch 44 cont’d

Cat Dissections


Ch 45: Hormones and the Endocrine System

Cat Dissections

Ch 46: Animal Reproduction

Ch 35 Plants (RQ Style)

Ch 47: Animal Development

Cat Dissections

Ch 48: Nervous Systems

Cat Dissections


Ch 36 Plants (RQ style)

Ch 49: Sensory/Motor Systems

Not review RQ: Ch 29 Plant Diversity I

Ch 50: An introduction to Ecology

Ch 51: Behavioral Ecology

Not review RQ: Ch 30 Plant Diversity II

Ch 52: Population Ecology

Ch 37 Plants (RQ Style)


Ch 53: Community Ecology

Ch 38 Plants (RQ Style)

Ch 54: Ecosystems

Ch 39 Plants (RQ Style)

AP Review

May - AP Biology Exam!!

Ch 35-39 Plants – These chapters will not be covered in class in great depth. However, it is worth noting that material from these chapters is on the AP exam, thus I will give “Review Quiz-Style” quizzes over these chapters later in the year.

Review Quizzes

These are similar to the multiple choice portion of tests over material covered in Adv Bio (in most cases). They are scaled with the highest score receiving a 10/10. Cumulatively they add up to around 15-20% of your grade. Review quizzes are to be completed outside of class time and will be in a folder on the back lab table. You should start the RQ by 3:30pm Friday. If you know you will be absent, please make arrangements to complete the RQ before you miss class.

My expectations from you, the student regarding homework:

1. Homework and review quizzes are to be completed on time. Late work will receive half credit. I will of course make exceptions for excused absences. Excused late work should be made up within the number of days missed (if you miss 2 days, then make it up within two days). However if you know ahead of time that you will be gone (ie college visits), you should try to get the assignments before you leave.

2. All work should be your own. Any assigned work should be a reflection of only your creative output. Unless I say otherwise on a specific assignment, assume that you should complete the assignment completely on your own. For worksheets or other book based work (ie, end of chaper quizzes from the text, or handouts) you may look up info from the chapter (not the answer key of the book).

3. Data presented in lab write-ups may be obtained from other students (ie- numerical values obtained in experiments). However, you should answer the questions for yourself. That said, you may ask another student general questions, but remember, what you turn in is a reflection of your understanding. Someone else’s answer (even if it is in your own words) is not your intellectual property. If you are having difficulty with a problem, you really ought to see me for help anyway!

4. Online quizzes should be closed note (you may study as much as you like before hand, but the book is closed while you are taking it).

5. Unless I say otherwise, review quizzes are to be completed before 3:30pm on Friday of the assigned week. A 20% point per day reduction will result if you take it later.

Your grade will be based on:

Exams: Generally Multiple choice (60% of test) and Essay (40%).

Review Chapters: (see above)

Labs: there are periodic lab exercises in class. These labs include questions to be answered by the student.

Lab Reports: In addition to the questions to be answered, on some labs I will assign formal lab reports. A standardized rubric will be provided. These are worth 80-100 points apiece.

Pop Quizzes: Quizzes are unannounced and may include questions from assigned readings (not review chapters), or class discussions.

Ancillary Homework: occasionally I may assign worksheets, article write-ups or projects to be completed out of class

Online Quizzes: the text you are using includes an online companion with quizzes that I may request be emailed to me.