BIOL 1020

Biology 1: Principles and Themes

University of Manitoba

(Lab Required) A laboratory-based course in unifying principles of biology including cell biology, bioenergetics, cell division, genetics and evolution. This course is intended for major and honours students in the Biological Sciences. Not to be held with BIOL 1021, BIOL 1000, BIOL 1001, BIOE 2590.
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Dilukshi Fernando

BIOL 1020 Syllabus for Dilukshi Fernando — Fall 2018

Department of Biological Sciences
Biology 1020: Fall 2018 (Section A01)
BIOLOGY 1: Principles and Themes
The University of Manitoba is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-
Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples. This land is the homeland of the Métis Nation, and in Treaty
1 territory. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we welcome all Indigenous and non-
Indigenous students, and respect the diversity, unique skills and life experience that students
of all Nations bring to this classroom.
Lecture Instructor
421A Biological Sciences Building
204-474-9130 (email is the preferred method of contact)
Please email to schedule an appointment to meet me (include your name and course in the
Laboratory Instructor/Lab Coordinator
208A Buller
Please email to schedule an appointment to meet.
A laboratory-based course in unifying principles of biology including cell biology,
bioenergetics, cell division, genetics and evolution. This course is intended for major and
honours students in the biological sciences as well as those in other faculties (Agriculture,
Kinesiology, Environmental Sciences etc.) requiring a comprehensive lab-based introduction
to the Biological Sciences.
8.30 AM 9:20 AM MWF (A01)
343 Drake Centre
8:30 AM 11:00 AM B07-12 B19-24 B31-36 B43-48
2:30 PM 5:00 PM B01-06 B13-18 B25-30 B37-42 B49-54
7:00 PM 9:30 PM B55-60
211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 215, or 216 Buller
Biology 40S (or equivalent), any 40S Mathematics (or equivalent), and one of 40S
Chemistry or 40S Physics (or equivalent); or BIOL 1000 (C)
Biology 1020 is the first course of two that develops the fundamental basis of your biological
education. The objective of this course is to give students a broad and comprehensive
background in modern biology and thus to prepare them for entry into biology-oriented
programs in the Faculty of Science and in other Faculties and Schools. All subsequent
courses in the Department of Biological Sciences will draw on what you learn here.
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This syllabus is your map to what exactly is expected of you. I will go over the important parts
in the first class, but it is your responsibility to read this document thoroughly and in its
entirety. Being unaware of any of the information included herein is not a valid excuse for
missing any term work.
Twitter: @UofManBiology
Lab Page:
All email communication must conform to the Communicating with Students university
Emails are for making appointments only. I will not answer questions about lecture
material that require complex answers via email. I am always willing to answer any of
your questions, but I prefer to do this in person. Please make sure you do the following prior
to emailing me or any course instructor:
Check this Syllabus first. If you are asking about course or exam information,
chances are the answers are already in this syllabus.
Use full, properly structured sentences and not textese. The overall structure of
your email should be professional.
Use a proper salutation. “Hey prof” is too casual and not appropriate.
Always include your name in a signature. If I don’t know who you are, I will not
I make every effort to respond to all properly structured emails within 24-36 hours except for
weekends, holidays, or exam days. eMails sent on Fridays may not get a response until the
following Monday. If you do not get a response in this timeframe, it is likely that your original
email was improperly structured, and you should reformat and try again.
Campbell Biology (2nd Canadian Edition) by Reese et al.
with MasteringBiology access. Pearson Canada Inc.
Older editions may be used, but there will be
differences in the new edition. If you use an older
edition, it is your responsibility to make sure you get
the correct information.
MasteringBiology Access Code
Access codes MUST be for the 2nd Canadian Edition.
The code is included with purchase of a new text.
iClicker 2 Can be purchased at the bookstore or rented
from UMSU Living.
Biology 1020 Lab Manual, Fall 2018 Edition
You MUST have the most current edition of the lab manual.
All materials are available in the University of Manitoba Bookstore. Pearson products are
also available online at or their catalogue,
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Please respect copyright. We will use copyrighted content in this course. I have ensured that
the content I use is appropriately acknowledged and is copied in accordance with copyright
laws and University guidelines. Copyrighted works, including those created by me, are made
available for private study and must not be distributed in any format without permission.
Do not upload copyrighted works to a learning management system (such as UMLearn), or
any website, unless an exception to the Copyright Act applies or written permission has been
confirmed. For more information, see the University’s Copyright Office website at or contact
MasteringBiology Assignments and quizzes See Schedule 10%
In-Class iClicker Questions Random Dates 0%
Two-Stage Midterm Exam #1 October 9, 2018 11%
30 Multiple choice questions 5:407:00
3 Multiple T/F questions
Lectures 111
Two-Stage Midterm Exam #2 November 6, 2018 14%
35 Multiple choice questions 5:407:00
5 Multiple T/F questions
Lectures 1225
Two-Stage Final Exam Scheduled/seated 35%
70 Multiple choice questions by Registrar
10 Multiple T/F questions
Lectures 137
Laboratory Midterm Exam during your regular lab 7%
20 Multiple choice questions Week of Oct 22-26
Labs 14
In-Laboratory Assignments 8%
1 assignment, worth 1%, to be completed in each of the 8 labs.
Laboratory Final Exam Scheduled/seated 15%
32 Multiple choice questions by Registrar
Labs 18
Two-stage exams are an effective way to not only assess your understanding of the course
material but help improve it! The exam will be structured as follows:
1. In stage one, you write the exam as an individual –– 85% of your assigned mark
Midterms 1 & 2 50 minutes
Final exam 80 minutes
2. When complete, bring your bubble sheet to the front and grab a new bubble
sheet and a number from the sorting hat. This will be your group number for
stage two.
You must return to your seat and wait patiently for the next stage.
3. After stage one is complete, there will be a few minutes to relocate throughout
the room into your randomly assigned groups.
4. In stage two, or the group stage, you will collaborate with your 2 or 3 of your
peers and rewrite the same exam –– 15% of your assigned mark.
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Midterms 1 & 2 25 minutes
Final exam 40 minutes
No additional materials are permitted, it is still an exam!
If you have special accommodations through SAS or miss the midterm or final and are
granted a deferral, it will be a traditional, single-stage exam.
There will be a separate midterm and final based solely on material learned in the 1020
laboratory. Despite being a separate exam, you should prepare for both the lecture and
laboratory exams together. The material overlaps and complements each other.
You must pass the two laboratory exams with a D or better. In-lab assignments are not
considered in this determination.
If you are caught in a dishonest act during the course of an examination, you will be
reported to University authorities. Penalties may be imposed at the discretion of the
relevant authorities.
If you notice an error on the exam (ex. typographical error), please bring it to the course
instructors attention following the exam. Any adjustments to the scheme, if necessary, will
occur after the exam. Make sure you select the single best answer.
The day after each exam, the answer key will be posted in the main floor hallway of the Buller
Building. Be certain to look at the correct key for your lecture section. As soon as the tests
are marked, your mark will appear next to your student number at the same location. Take
note of both your mark and let your instructor know immediately if you think there has been
a marking error or an error in the answer key.
Grades are assigned at the end of the year by converting your cumulative percentage
mark into a letter grade, using the following table. Very slight modifications of this scheme
are sometimes made to compensate for a class average that may be judged to be too low or
too high.
90+ A+
8089 A
7679 B+
7075 B
6069 C+
5059 C
4649 D
045 F
During class, I will be asking questions for you to answer using the iClicker. Participation in
these active learning exercises is proven to be beneficial for everyone. As such, you will only
be assessed ‘if’ you answered, not ‘how’ you answered these questions. (I may/may not
consider these marks for your grade. I will decide it later depending on how much time we
spent on iclicker questions.
Register for online assignments and quizzes on (MB):
All required information for your registration to MB and the proper use of this system is given
in detail in your Student Access Kit of MasteringBiology.
In brief, to setup MasteringBiology:
1. Make sure your computer meets the system requirements (see your MB Student
Access Kit and
2. Go to
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3. If you are a first-time user, click on “New Students” and follow the instructions. If you
have used MB before, simply login to the system using your previous Login Name
and Password.
4. To enroll in the course, enter your 7-digit University of Manitoba student number as
your “Student ID” (you must enter your 7-digit UM student number correctly for your
scores to count, so please double check) and enter the correct “Course ID” below:
5. If you experience technical difficulties with the MasteringBiology online assignment
system contact MB
Alternatively, you can email the local Pearson IT, Dennis Guevarra for a faster, more
accurate fix at
Make sure to have your MasteringBiology Student Access Kit or your login
name/password handy.
6. If you have troubles with the assignment content, make an appointment with the
appropriate instructor for help.
On MasteringBiology you will have 10 assignments based on the lecture material. The
assignments ARE for credit and will count for 5% of your final grade in in this course. They
are designed to help guide you through the material, keep you on track, and provide another
opportunity for active learning. These assignments are a good way to test your own
knowledge and understanding and can be done as many times as you feel necessary.
Assignments will become available three days before their deadline and are due by
midnight ON the dates listed below. A late penalty of 1%/hour will be applied
automatically on assignments completed past the deadlineNO exceptions.
You will also have 10 quizzes to complete on MasteringBiology over the term. These quizzes
are mandatory and will account for 5% of your final grade. Quizzes will become available
ON the date indicated in the schedule below and are due THAT day. Within this 24-hour
window you must login to MasteringBiology and complete the quiz. Failure to do so before
midnight will result in a grade of zero for that quiz. Do not begin a quiz too close to the
deadline (i.e., at 11:45), as you may not have enough time to complete it. No extensions or
make-up possibilities will be given for any quiz. Your best 8 (of 10) quizzes will be averaged
and used to calculate your mark out of the possible 10% of your final grade.
Assignments and quizzes do not need to be taken closed book and you should use these as
learning tools. You may redo the assignments and quizzes after their due dates for practice,
but only your first attempt will count towards your grade.
1 Sept 20 1 Sept 21 Lectures 13 & Assignment 1
2 Sept 27 2 Sept 28 Lectures 46 & Assignment 2
3 Oct 4 3 Oct 5 Lectures 78 & Assignment 3
4 Oct 18 4 Oct 19 Lectures 911 & Assignment 4
5 Oct 25 5 Oct 26 Lectures 1214 & Assignment 5
6 Nov 1 6 Nov 2 Lectures 1516 & Assignment 6
7 Nov 8 7 Nov 9 Lectures 1718 & Assignment 7
8 Nov 22 8 Nov 23 Lectures 1920 & Assignment 8
9 Nov 29 9 Nov 30 Lectures 2122 & Assignment 9
10 Dec 6 10 Dec 7 Lectures 2324 & Assignment 10
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Classes begin: September 5, 2018
End of revision period: September 18, 2018
VW deadline: November 19, 2018
Classes end: December 7, 2018
Exam Period: December 1021, 2018
You MUST be available for the entire exam period until the schedule is finalized.
No audio, video, or photographic recording of lectures or laboratory presentations is
allowed in any format, openly or surreptitiously, in whole or in part without written
permission of Kevin Scott. Course materials (both paper and digital) are solely for the
participant’s private study and may not be used for any other purpose including posting to a
note-sharing website.
It is the general University of Manitoba policy that all technology resources (cellphones,
tablets, laptops, etc.) are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. The
student can use all technology in classroom setting only for educational purposes only.
Students should not participate in personal direct electronic messaging/posting activities (e-
mail, texting, video or voice chat, wikis, blogs, social networking (e.g. the Facebook) online
and offline “gaming” during scheduled class time. Such behavior is incredibly distracting for
those around you.
Taking pictures in the lab can provide useful study materials. Be advised, however, that
taking photos is not a replacement for a detailed examination of the material during the lab.
You should still use the lab time to work through the material.
UMLearn will be used at the learning management software (LMS) for this course. You can
access your courses on UMLearn by navigating from the UManitoba homepage under
Current Students, or by going to and
signing in. If you have any technical questions about using UMLearn, please contact IST by
clicking on the Support button.
In my teaching practice, I often ask questions in class. This a useful way to increase student
engagement and promotes deeper thought on the subject material. I also try to engage
students in other ways.
I will treat you with respect in a professional and equitable manner and would appreciate the
same courtesy in return. This means there can be no extra credit assignments or individual
changed to the evaluation in the course. See Respectful Work and Learning Environment
I will be in class for ~5 minutes prior to and after the class time and am willing to answer
questions if you don't mind me setting up/taking down as we talk.
Punctual attendance to lecture is expected. If you are going to be late, please use the back
door. I frequently cover material that is not in the notes or textbook. Missing class means that
you will miss this information.
I expect students to respond and attempt to answer the questions I ask in class, but I do
not expect perfection. This produces a much more enjoyable and effective learning
environment for everyone when all parties are engaged.
I expect you to ask me questions. I do not mind interruptions to answer content-specific
questions. Doing so only improves the learning environment.
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You may use computers to take notes in class, however, studies have shown that you will
learn better if you use a pen. If you do use an electronic device, I expect you to only use it
for note taking during class. Please refer to the section on using technology in the classroom.
For online assessment, you are not expected to complete the assignments or quizzes in a
closed-book fashion. You may also work together. These are learning tools and if working
with others or your books helps you learn the material, then I am satisfied that they are
accomplishing their intended purpose.
You will be asked to participate in group activities. For everyone’s success, I expect you to
value and respect the diversity of your classmates. Treat each other with respect and
I expect reciprocation between you and your peers. Despite the common misconception, you
are not in competition with each other and your individual chances of success will improve
by working together.
You will be expected to participate in group discussions. This means that you will need to
come to class prepared having completed any and all assigned readings and self-guided
learning tasks assigned to you.
This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor and/or based on the
learning needs of the students but such changes are subject to Section 2.8 of the ROASS-
~Lecture(s) Topic Assigned Readings (Concepts)
1 1 Intro to Biology 1.11.3
Online Chemistry Review 2.12.4, 3.13.3
25 2 Biological Macromolecules 4.24.3, 5.15.6
68 3 Cell structure 6.16.6
910 4 Cell Membrane Dynamics 7.17.5
1115 5 Metabolic Pathways 8.18.5, 9.19.5, 10.13
16 6 Cell Signalling 11.111.5
1719 7 Mitosis 12.112.3
2021 8 Meiosis 13.113.4
2225 9 Mendelian Genetics 14.114.3
2627 10 Chromosomal Genetics 15.115.5
28 11 DNA 16.116.3
2932 12 Gene Expression 17.117.5, 18.118.2, 18.5
3335 13 Evolution 21.521.6, 22.122.3
3637 14 Population Genetics 23.123.4, 24.124.2, 25.125.3
Please note that the textbook covers some material in more detail than will be covered in
lecture and that some topics are not covered in the textbook. You are responsible for lecture
material. Some figures from the text have been modified for use in lecture and may not
appear as in the textbook.
A detailed list of learning outcomes will be posted on UMLearn. You are encouraged to use
this list as a guide for your studying. It represents everything that you are expected to gain
in this course and is the basis for ALL evaluation, including MasteringBiology and exams.
Labs do not run every week and do NOT START UNTIL the week of September 17th. To
find your lab seat follow these instructions:
1. Be sure you know your lab section number (B01 B60).
2. Use the chart on page 1 to find your lab day and time.
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For example, B38 is on Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:00.
At the scheduled time, go to the assigned room on the main floor of the Buller Building
(211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 215 or 216 BullerThe room number is on your registration
printout). Your assigned seat will be posted beside the assigned room door. Your teaching
assistant will introduce him/herself to you and commence the first lab session.
Week Of (MF): Lab # Laboratory Topic
September 37 NO Laboratory
September 1014 NO Laboratory
September 1721 1 An Introduction to the Laboratory
September 2428 2 Biological Molecules
October 15 3 Cells
October 812 NO Laboratory
October 1519 4 Cellular Energetics 1
October 2226 NO Laboratory
October 292 5 Cellular Energetics 2
November 59 6 Mitosis & Meiosis
November 1216 NO Laboratory
November 1923 7 Genetics
November 2630 8 Population Genetics
December 37 NO Laboratory
Attendance at laboratories is mandatory. Attendance will be taken by the laboratory TA
during each laboratory 2 hours into the class time. Students must be in attendance for a
minimum of 2 hours. Students who miss more than 2 out of 8 labs during the regular session
without documented reasons shall receive a grade of F for BIOL 1020.
Students who spend excessive amounts of time on their phone or doing homework for other
courses during the lab period will be marked absent. Being present means being on task.
During each of the 8 labs, you will complete a single sheet assignment and hand it in to your
lab TA. This assignment must be handed in no later than 2 hrs into the lab. This assignment
MUST be your own work and based on the results and observations you make in the lab.
Using any outside information (such as the internet) is not allowed.
These assignments will be graded and returned by the next laboratory period. If you miss
your lab you must do a make-up lab that same week of the missed lab to receive the mark.
If you miss your lab and do not complete a make-up lab you will score 0 on the assignment.
Should I read the textbook for the exam?
Absolutely! While the exam will be based largely on the lecture material, reading the text
offers an alternative explanation for the concepts we expect you to know. This will
undoubtedly help you in your understanding of these concepts. Reading through the
indicated modules will undoubtedly help you.
If I have a conflict with the midterm, what happens?
If you have a regularly schedule course activity on the evening of one of the exams take your
class schedule to your instructor or the main Biological Sciences office in 212 Biological
Science Building and we will schedule a deferred exam. If the exam conflicts with your work
schedule, we expect you to reschedule your shift to sit the exam. If this is impossible, we
require a letter from your employer on company letterhead explaining that your shift cannot
be changed. Bring this to documentation to your instructor or the main Biological Sciences
office in 212 Biological Science Building
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If I miss the midterm, what happens?
If you have valid documentation, there will be a single opportunity for a deferred exam. If this
cannot be made, the value of the midterm will be prorated to the final exam. If you do not
have appropriate documentation, a mark of zero will be given for the midterm.
If I am sick for the final, what can I do?
The only thing you can do in this situation is to contact your home faculty. They are the only
office that can grant a deferred final exam.
If you are a student with a disability, please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) for
academic accommodation supports and services such as note-taking, interpreting, assistive
technology and exam accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have, a
disability (e.g. mental illness, learning, medical, hearing, injury-related, visual) are invited to
contact SAS to arrange a confidential consultation.
Student Accessibility Services
520 University Centre
204 474 7423
A list of University governing documents pertaining to students can be found at:
Academic Recourses
Various academic resources are available to students including the Science and
Technology Library, which can be accessed at:
Health & Mental Health Resources
Students with Health and/or Mental Health issues may seek advice and/or help from the
Student Counselling Centre:
Student Accessibility Services:
and/or University Health Services:
Copyright and Intellectual Property Resources
Copyrights and intellectual property must be respected by all students. For more
information, please refer to the copyright office:
Respectful Behaviour Resources
Students are expected to act in a respectful manner. Policies regarding respectful work and
learning environment and sexual assault can be found at:
Final Examinations, Grades and Grade Appeals Resources
Final examination and grades policies can be found at:
Additional resources regarding examinations can be found at:
Students wishing to appeal their term work grade can do so through the Registrar’s office.
A fee is charged for each appeal. More information can be found at:
To view your final examination, please check with the department offering the course for
policies. More information can be found at:
To appeal your final grade, you can initiate the process at the Registrar’s office. A fee will
be charged for each appeal. See the Registrar’s office for more information:
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Limited Access and VW Resources
Students who fail or VW from a course will be subject to limited access to that course in
future terms. That is, students will not be able to register for a course (for which they have
VWd or failed) during the limited access registration period. For more information, please
see the policy document for repeated courses at:
The Faculty of Science and The University of Manitoba regard acts of academic dishonesty
in quizzes, tests, examinations, laboratory reports or assignments as serious offences and
may assess a variety of penalties depending on the nature of the offence.
Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, bringing unauthorized materials
into a test or exam, copying from another individual, using answers provided by tutors,
plagiarism, and examination personation.
Note: cell phones, smart watches, pagers, PDAs, MP3 units or electronic translators
are explicitly listed as unauthorized materials and must not be present during tests
or examinations.
Penalties that may apply, as provided for under the University of Manitoba's Student
Discipline By-Law, range from a grade of zero for the assignment or examination, failure in
the course, to expulsion from the University. The Student Discipline By-Law may be
accessed at:
Information from the Faculty of Science regarding Cheating and Plagiarism can be found
Suggested minimum penalties assessed by the Faculty of Science for acts of academic
dishonesty are available on the Faculty of Science web-page: WEB.pdf
All Faculty members (and their teaching assistants) have been instructed to be vigilant and
report all incidents of academic dishonesty to the Head of the Department.

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