Life 1: Molecular and Cellular Concepts

Course Details

Course Number
BIOL 1114
Section Number
BIOL 1114
Spring 2019
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TR 9:30-10:50

Dr. William B. Cook (view Profile)


Life I Lab Manual
Lab Exercises for Life I - available at the bookstore.
Life: The Science of Biology, 11th ed
This text comes with 24 mos (required) access to LaunchPad.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the characteristics of life.
  2. Explain the methods of inquiry used by scientists.
  3. Identify the basic requirements of life and the properties of the major molecules needed for life.
  4. Compare and contrast the structures, reproduction, and characteristics of viruses, prokaryotic cells, and eukaryotic cells.
  5. Describe the structure of cell membranes and the movement of molecules across a membrane.
  6. Identify the substrates, products, and important chemical pathways in metabolism.
  7. Identify the chemical structures, synthesis, and regulation of nucleic acids and proteins.
  8. Describe the unity and diversity of life and the evidence for evolution through natural selection.

Course Expectations

Enrollment at Midwestern State University is considered by the university as implicit declaration of acceptance on the part of the student of university regulations. Violation of these standards of conduct will subject the violator to conduct action.

Please refer to the most recent MSU Student Handbook (pdf @ %20(web).pdf) for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities.  For example, see page 43 for a statement on the university’s policy on class attendance (attend all meetings of all classes), page 48 for valid grounds for an instructor drop (excessive absence, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments), and page 119 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action (cheating, plagiarism, and collusion).

Out of courtesy to classmates and the instructor, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Don’t walk through the front of classroom after class has begun or before class has ended.
  • Don’t talk during lectures, videos, examinations or other official class activities.

       At the beginning of each class period, mute cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices that may make noise, disrupt or distract.

Grading Standards

Credit toward your final course grade will be earned in five categories – with an additional opportunity to enhance the grade through earned extra credit.  The categories are listed and described below:


                LaunchPad Exercises                                                                               20%

                Weekly Laboratory                                                                                    25%

                Scheduled Examinations                                                                          55%

                                                                                                                                100%                                                                                      ______________________________________________________________________

*These exercises will be completed at the Launch Pad website hosted by the Textbook publisher.  Learn how to access the exercises at the end of the syllabus.

Final Exam

05/07/2019 8:00-10:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

Formats for specific assignments will be provided with those assignments.

Proper formatting is typically required to earn full credit for assignments.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

On-line deadlines are fixed and will not be extended for individuals.

If appropriate, on-line deadlines may be extended for the entire class.

Assignments requiring the production of hard copy work product will be penalized one point per day that the work product is submitted after the deadline.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Credit toward the courses grade will not be awarded for attendance, which is expected of all students.

However, attendance will be recorded to provide information to university office which require such information.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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