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
RQ: Ch 9: RespirationPhotosynthesis Lab
RQ: Ch 6: A Tour of the Cell
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
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
Ch 44 cont’d
Ch 45: Hormones and the Endocrine System
Ch 46: Animal Reproduction
Ch 35 Plants (RQ Style)
Ch 47: Animal Development
Ch 48: Nervous Systems
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)
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.
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.