BIOL 112

Biology of the Cell

University of British Columbia

Principles and philosophy of classification: phylogenetic and phenetic methods, species concepts, taxonomic characters, evolution, hierarchy of categories, and nomenclature. Cross-listed with BPSC 112 and ENTM 112

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BIOL 112 Syllabus for SAMUELS, ANNE LACEY — Winter 2019

Section 203: T/Th 11:00-12:30
A. Calendar Description
The principles of cellular and molecular biology using bacterial and eukaryotic examples.”
B. Prerequisites
One of Chemistry 12 or CHEM 100 or CHEM 111 and one of Biology 11 or Biology 12 or BIOL 111. Please
ensure you have the full set of prerequisites. You cannot retake a course for a higher grade. This means
that if you already have taken BIOL112 and passed it, you cannot take it again for credit.
C. Course Instructor Information (TA & Peer tutor information and Learning center hours will be posted
on Canvas)
Professor Lacey Samuels
Office: Office Hours in Learning Centre, WESB200;
Research Office, Biological Sciences, room 2313.
Office Hours: Monday and Friday 10:30-11:30 AM
Or, by appointment; email
Karen Smith
All inquiries regarding the coordination and administration of BIOL112
(e.g., registration, exam scheduling)
Office: Wesbrook 115, Phone: 6048226251 e-mail:
D. Required Course Materials for Purchase
1. Textbook available at the UBC Bookstore: How Life WorksCustom Second Edition for the
University of British Columbia by Morris, Hartl, Knoll, Lue, Michael, Berry, Biewener, Farrell, Holbrook.
2. i>Clicker classroom response system available at the UBC Bookstore (ask at Cashier)
E. Websites Access Required
1. Canvas” Learning Management System (LMS) - accessible via your Campus-Wide Login (CWL).
This is your course resource website where you will find almost everything you need for BIOL 112.
2. LaunchPad, the online resource for “How Life Works” Textbookrequired to complete pre-class
quizzes and homework assignments. You will be able to access LaunchPad through Canvas.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your UBC Bookstore receipt is required to access the online
component (called LaunchPad) of the textbook. LaunchPad is required for
Biology 112 Pre-class Quizzes that are 5% of your final grade. Access to the
complete e-book will be available via LaunchPad for 4 years from the date of
Students have the option to purchase LaunchPad access alone online, if a
hard copy of the textbook is not desired. Please ask at the UBC bookstore.
F. Assessment of Learning Grading scheme
The following grading scheme will be used for all sections of BIOL112. This grading scheme is final and
will not be changed. BIOL112 grades are not scaled:
Grading Scheme
Assessment Method
Percentage of
Total Grade
Alternate Grading
} 40%
} 47%
*Students must obtain a total exam score of 43.5/87= 50% to pass the
*Condition: If f
Final exam % >
than Mid1/Midt2
weighted %
Learning Activities2
**The learning activities scores will be added to a student’s total exam
score ONLY when the student has met the 50% on written exam criteria
stated above ( 43.5/87 on the total exam score).
G. Examinations -Important Information and Details
1. Exam Dates
Midterm 1 exam - will be held in class during the 5th week of classes:
For T/Th sections In class, Thursday Feb 5, 2019 [both Stage 1 and stage 2 exams]
Midterm 2 exam - will be held in the evening (6 pm) the 9th week of classes:
Thursday March 11th at 6pm. Students will be assigned rooms for that evening and are expected
to arrange their schedule for this exam. See important information below.
Final Exam - will be scheduled by UBC Classroom Services during the exam period in April. The
final exam schedule is usually posted in the middle of the term.
Students must write both midterm exams to be eligible to write the final examination.
2. Missed Exams & Exam Conflicts
Exam Conflicts e.g. evening midterm and scheduled UBC courses.
Please contact the course coordinator, Karen Smith, to report any course conflicts with the
midterm exams no later than 2 weeks prior to the exam. Employment, extra-curricular and
personal conflicts are not considered as valid excuses for missing an exam and students are
expected to free their schedule for this evening as they have been informed of this exam date at
the start of the term.
Missed Midterm Exams
To be eligible to write a make-up exam, you must inform your instructor and/or Karen Smith
(Course Coordinator ( within 24 hours of the missed exam with the reason for
missing the exam. You may need to provide some documentation as to the reason for the missed
exam, e.g. provide satisfactory medical documentation if the exam was missed for medical
reasons. Without timely notification of an absence or valid (medical) documentation, a grade of
“0” will be given for the exam.
Missed Final Exams
Students must report their absence to Karen Smith (Course Coordinator
AND their Faculty Advising Office. In the Faculty of Science, students will be expected to fill out a
“Request for Academic Concession” and provide documentation for the missed exam
Note: Students who do not fulfill the course requirements during the term and miss the final exam
may not be eligible for a deferred examination.
3. Exam Format and Content
The testable content for all exams will be announced in class and posted on CANVAS.
BIOL 112 Exams:
Consist of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and short answer questions (called Open Response
Questions or ORQs). Students are provided practice questions close to the exam dates.
Are Two-stage exams:
Stage 1 is an individual exam and stage 2 is a group exam. Stage 1 (individual exam) is weighted
as 90% of the exam grade and Stage 2 (Group exam) is weighted as 10% of the exam grade.
Details will be provided in class.
Are restricted open book. Students will be permitted to bring in one 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5” x 11”)
original review sheet, containing whatever notes they believe would be helpful to them. Both
sides may be used. The sheet may contain any content handwritten or computer-generated
type/figure/diagrams but may NOT contain layers of post-it notes or stapled, glued papers. See
also “Materials allowed during exams”
For multiplechoice exam questions students are encouraged to attempt to answer all questions
there are no additional penalties for incorrect answers.
For exams held in-class (e.g. Midterm 1): Students will write their midterm exam in their registered
section. Permission must be obtained to write at an alternate time.
For exams held in the evening (e.g. Midterm 2): All sections will write their midterm exams at the
same time and all sections write the same exam. The exact location and time of the midterm
exams will be announced in class and posted on the Canvas.
Final Exam - This will be held during the exam period in April as scheduled by the Registrars’
Office. Instructors have no control over the final exam dates and that they could occur any time
during the final exam period. This means that you should not make airline reservations until you
know your exam schedule. The Dean’s Office will not permit students to write final examinations
at alternate times because of travel conflicts.
4. Materials Allowed During Exams
Examination Rules and Regulations are very strictly enforced in BIOL112. The reason for this is to
maintain fairness and to protect all students from the few who may try to cheat. We expect you
to abide by these rules and to help us enforce them, since in the end they benefit you.
All students must provide valid picture identification in all examinations e.g. student AMS card.
Other forms of identification such as a driver’s license may be accepted in some cases.
Review sheet
You may consult a “review sheet” during the exams. ONE 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5” x 11”) sheet of
PAPER (both sides) may be used for notes, formulae, diagrams, whatever you wish. All sheets
must be an original copy by either hand printed or typed no photocopies of review sheets
made by other students or anyone else are permitted. Review sheets will be collected with each
of the exams (students are expected to turn in their review sheets with their exams) and will not
be returned. Please make your own copy or photograph BEFORE the exam.
Students do not need to copy tables onto the sheet (e.g., amino acid table, codon table etc.)
this type of information will be provided on the exam.
Items specifically banned from exams: Communication and listening devices
No electronic communication devices (e.g. blue tooth devices, cell phones, ipads/androids,
computers) are allowed on your person during an exam. Tape/CD/MP3-type listening devices
are not permitted either.
Cell phones and other devices must be turned off and must not be exposed on the exam desk
(kept in your bag is acceptable).
Electronic items found on your person/exam desk during exams may be confiscated along with
your exam as this is considered academic misconduct, and you will be reported to the Dean of
your Faculty and you may be given a grade of “0”.
Earphones/earbuds are not permitted for use during exams.
Student Dress
Invigilators must be able to see your face clearly during exams. For example, a baseball cap or
hoodie must not obscure your face and/or eyes.
5. Exam Results:
Student’s exam scores for both the MCQs and ORQs will be posted on Canvas, along with answer
ORQ’s are returned to students after the exam has been marked (refer to your section instructor
for details). These exams have been scanned before they are returned to students.
Students’ MCQ answers and answer key are posted on Canvas (LMS) site.
The MCQs questions are NOT returned to students, posted or reviewed in class. Students who wish
to review these questions may attend an exam review session or see their section instructor
H. Learning Activities
1. LaunchPad (textbook website)- Pre-Class Quizzes - 5% of grade
Students will be required to complete pre-class reading quizzes that will consist of questions
related to the pre-class readings.
To obtain full marks you must answer the questions correctly and you have 2
attempts for each quiz.
10 pre-reading quizzes will be assigned in the term, with 9 best scores counted for
the final grade.
The total score at the end of the term will be based on all quizzes minus the lowest
scored quiz.
Quizzes will open at the latest on Thursday afternoons at 1:00:00 pm and close by
the start of the first class the following week.
2. In-class Activities includes i>clicker participation and other activities - 8% of grade
Important note: Lectures and activities may not be recorded (and/or posted) by audio, video or
photographic devices without the explicit permission from the instructor.
Each section and Instructor may allocate in-class activities and marks as appropriate for
their classroom and are usually based on 80% participation over the term.
i>Clicker participation and In-class Activities = 8%
Points are awarded for participating in 80% of the questions posed in the lectures
throughout the term. These points are based on participation by responding to clicker
questions in the section in which you are registered. Responses to questions are not
marked for correctness. Students are only permitted to use their own clicker device in
class (see policy on academic misconduct in section L)
All completed in-class activities are recorded for participation. Participation is interpreted
as an acceptable level of effort and quality of responses but not marked for correctness.
Students are expected to show their best effort. Examples where students would be given
a zero grade for any one activity would be: minimal effort or students completed an
activity in a section other than the one they are registered in.
J. Course Goals
By the end of BIOL 112, a successful student should be able to:
1. Describe the general cellular machinery and regulation of the processes of replication, transcription,
translation, and energy transformation.
2. Apply knowledge of the structure-function relationship to the cell’s utility of biomolecules (proteins,
nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates) and organelles
3. Outline general processes and basic thermodynamic underpinning of cell’s generation of energy
from sugar, and energy + reducing agents from the Calvin cycle.
4. Work in small groups to analyze, discuss, and solve problems in the context of cellular and subcellular
5. Interpret information on figures and draw conclusions based on descriptive or graphical data in the
context of cellular and subcellular biology.
6. Communicate evidence-based scientific ideas related to cellular and subcellular biology clearly
and succinctly in writing.
7. Appreciate the diversity and complexity of the machinery responsible for the biochemical pathways
of life.
The assessment methods we use will reflect our intent to provide both an assessment of your
performance and an on-going feedback on your learning.
K. A typical week for a BIOL 112
Starting on Thursday at 1pm:
Complete pre-readings prior to Monday/Tuesday lectures of the following week (textbook,
animations etc). Targeted pre-reading document and a list of learning objectives for each
course topic will be posted to guide you in your class preparations for the in-class activities.
Complete the on-line LaunchPad pre-class quiz by each due date (see schedule on Canvas).
Attend lectures and participate in i>Clicker questions and in the small group learning activities.
Practice by solving additional (optional) questions on LaunchPad and CANVAS.
Other suggested study strategies:
Reading the textbook note ideas and concepts you had difficulty understanding.
During the lecture note answers to clicker questions and relevancy to the material.
Immediately after the lecture - summarize the main and/or important points.
Keep up with the material cramming rarely pays off!
L. Other Resources
Learning Centre
The Learning Centre is located in room 200 Wesbrook and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 am 5
pm. The Learning Centre can be used for individual or group study.
The Learning Centre will be staffed with teaching assistants. The weekly T.A. schedule will be posted on
Optional Small Group Sessions/Targeted Tutorials
Occasionally, small group sessions may be scheduled throughout the term to assist students in various
areas of the course. Examples may include special review sessions, viewing midterm exam questions,
etc. Details will be announced in class as well as on Canvas. Sign-up instructions (if applicable) will also
be posted on Canvas. These sessions will likely be held in Wesbrook room 238.
M. Classroom Civility
To create and preserve a classroom atmosphere that optimizes teaching and learning, all participants
share a responsibility in creating a civil and non-disruptive forum. Students are expected to conduct
themselves at all times in the classroom in a manner that does not disrupt teaching or learning. In
addition, assume that it is your responsibility to ask fellow students who are or being disruptive to be
You are expected to be on time and avoid disruptive behavior during class.
Classroom discussion should be civilized and respectful to everyone and relevant to the topic
we are discussing. Any discussion from class that continues on another forum should adhere to
these same rules and expectations.
Some electronic devices such as, cell phones, laptops, iPads/iPods may be banned from use in
class. Please refer to the policies provided to you by your instructor.
Recording devices are not permitted in class without permission from the instructor. Due to
copyright laws and restrictions, no recording may be posted on a website without the explicit
permission from your instructor.
N. Academic Misconduct
From the UBC Academic Calendar: Academic honesty is essential to the continued functioning of the
University of British Columbia as an institution of higher learning and research. All UBC students are
expected to behave as honest and responsible members of an academic community. Breach of those
expectations or failure to follow the appropriate policies, principles, rules, and guidelines of the University
with respect to academic honesty may result in disciplinary action.,286,0,0
What is academic misconduct?
Academic misconduct is behaviour that erodes the basis of mutual trust on which scholarly exchanges
commonly rest, undermines the University's exercise of its responsibility to evaluate students' academic
achievements, or restricts the University's ability to accomplish its learning objectives. See the following
URL below for specific examples of academic misconduct.,54,111,959
What happens if a student commits academic misconduct?
Academic misconduct often results in a one-year suspension from the University and a notation of
academic discipline on the student’s record. Other disciplinary measures include a letter of reprimand,
a grade of zero for the assignment and/or for the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion
from the University.,54,111,960
Examples of academic misconduct that could apply to BIOL112 (this list is not comprehensive):
Using someone else’s i>Clicker to answer questions on their behalf.
Having someone use your i>Clicker to answer questions in class.
Writing an exam for another student, or hiring someone to write your exam.
Copying answers from another student during an examination or assignment (excluding
approved group situations).
Showing your answers to another student during an examination (excluding approved group
Writing the name of a student on an assignment when that student did not contribute to the
Copying answers from another student while doing an on-line quiz or assignment.
N. Other Student Responsibilities
Access and Diversity if you registered with A & D please submit any A&D letters to Karen Smith
at least 2 weeks prior to the first exam. Paper or electronic copies are all accepted. Exam
accommodations must be arranged at least 1 week in advance of the exam.
Email You must maintain an active e-mail address that is registered with the University for the
purpose of communicating with the instructors, the Dean of Science, and the Registrar.
SSC (student service centre)- Monitor your “Message Centre” to make sure you have received all
course e-mails. A plea of ignorance will not be received if you miss some important e-mail
information that negatively impacts your course grade.
Consult the BIOL112 Canvas site on a regular basis for bulletins and other posted information.
i>Clicker ensure your transmitter and maintain it in good working order (e.g. make sure the
batteries are new and replaced when necessary).
O. Student Wellbeing
Your wellbeing is important to us! One of the strongest indicators of academic success is an overall
sense of wellbeing and work/life balance. University can be stressful! However, there are normal
and abnormal levels of stress. Don’t wait until things are out of control to seek help.
The following was prepared for you by fellow student and former BIOL 112 Peer Tutor, Justine Cole.
As you may know, the term “stress refers to your body’s response to an existent or perceived threat
(Canadian Mental Health Association, 2017). For the most part, the body’s stress response allows us
to either confront or escape dangerous situations. However, many of the stressors we face today,
aren’t things we can run from, but rather are problems that we must work through (Canadian
Mental Health Association, 2017). For example, the most common causes of stress among youth in
BC include academic difficulties, relocation, loss of a friend or family member, as well as personal
illness (Crisis Centre, 2017).
Stress and Wellness
Sometimes, moderate stress can be a necessary motivator, but chronic or severe stress often
interferes with our personal wellness and academic success. One of the best things we can do is
understand the symptoms of excessive stress so that we can be more aware of when we may need
to seek help.
Common symptoms include:
Changes in your body (including tension, disturbed sleep, changes in appetite)
Changes in your thoughts (trouble concentrating, lost self-confidence, poor judgement)
Changes in your emotions (including loneliness, excessive worry, anger and irritability)
Changes in your actions (including fidgeting, increased substance use, social withdrawal)
For more information, visit:
Stress Management
What you can do….
- In Class
Try your best to keep up with readings and other course materials
Focus on the big concepts and personal areas of weakness
Remove distractions (Facebook, Instant Messaging) so you dont miss anything important!
- Outside of Class
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what the teaching team is here for!
Set a regular sleep schedule (sleep is necessary for learning and memory consolidation)
Plan and schedule time to review class material
Study in a group! Provide peer support and learn from each other
Take QUALITY breaks (exercise, meditation, talking to friends and family)
What we will do….
- In Class
Encourage group work, questions and in-class discussions
Indicate what will be covered on the exam throughout lectures and learning objectives
Provide information about campus resources
Incorporate discussions about mental health and well-being into lectures
- Outside of Class
Set office hours that better accommodate students’ schedules
Try our best to be accessible outside of lecture
Provide practice problems (with solutions)
Offer multiple review sessions before exams
Peer-to-Peer Resources
Office Location
The Wellness Centre
IKBLC Room 183
The Wellness Centre is staffed by trained students who can provide information and brochures on
stress, time management, mental health, nutrition and sexual health. If students are unsure of
what kind of resources they require, a Wellness Peer will be able to point them in the right
2nd Floor NEST
Speakeasy offers confidential one-on-one conversations with a trained student volunteer who will
be able to listen to the challenges you are facing and refer you to the appropriate resources.
Science Peer
Academic Coaches
3rd Floor IKBLC
SPAC is able to offer academic help to students through one-on-one coaching services.
Examples of coaching topics includes, time management skills and exam preparation. This
service caters to students from all faculties, not just science!
AMS Tutoring
3rd Floor IKBLC
AMS offers free tutoring for first and second year students in subjects including, Biology, Chemistry,
Mathematics, Economics and Physics.
Office Location
Professional Resources
Office Location & Hours
Student Services
The UBC website has information and resources for academic success, health and wellness, and
other related concerns. Visit the website for information and resources related to concerns all
students face at university.
Enrolment Service
Professionals (ESPs)
By Appointment
ESPs provide students with professional advice regarding: tuition fee inquiries, admission inquiries,
financial planning, financial support options, program change inquiries and confirmation of
enrolment. If you have not been assigned an ESP, they can contact one at:
Academic Advising
Ponderosa G, 2204 Lower
Academic advising provides students with advising on program planning, degree requirements,
and other course-related questions. If you are not in the Faculty of Science, contact your own
advising team and they will be happy to help you with any academic concerns.
UBC Counselling
1st Floor Brock Hall
At UBC counselling services, students may speak to a professional counsellor after a drop-in
session. Students may be referred to other services besides a professional counsellor if deemed
appropriate and/or a better fit for the individual’s needs.
UBC Access and
1st Floor Brock Hall
Access and Diversity helps students with disabilities access the resources they need to thrive at
UBC. Specifically, Access and Diversity works to support those with learning disabilities, physical
disabilities, and chronic health conditions, among others.

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