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Welcome to Biology Mr. Kirwan Mr. Kirwan Fall 2013 Fall 2013.

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1 Welcome to Biology Mr. Kirwan Mr. Kirwan Fall 2013 Fall 2013

2 How to Contact Me – – Phone Phone Office – N1 201 Office – N1 201

3 What Will We Study Scientific Method Scientific Method Ecology Ecology Biochemistry Biochemistry The Cell and its Basic Functions The Cell and its Basic Functions Viruses Bacteria and the Immune System Viruses Bacteria and the Immune System DNA DNA Genetics Genetics Evolution Evolution

4 Website This site is your one stop for all things related to this class This site is your one stop for all things related to this class - Classroom News – a recap of what occurred in class occurred in class - My Resources Contains links to all class materials Contains links to all class materials

5 Classroom Rules 1. Be respectful of others 1. Be respectful of others 2. Be prepared – have materials and homework 2. Be prepared – have materials and homework 3. Be attentive and on task 3. Be attentive and on task 4. Keep all distractions out of sight and if 4. Keep all distractions out of sight and if appropriate turned off appropriate turned off 5. No eating in class – water is O.K.

6 Consequences 1 st Offense – warning 1 st Offense – warning 2 nd Offense – Behavioral Examination Sheet to be completed by you and signed by both you and your parents 2 nd Offense – Behavioral Examination Sheet to be completed by you and signed by both you and your parents 3 rd Offense –Behavioral Examination Sheet and referral to office 3 rd Offense –Behavioral Examination Sheet and referral to office I reserve the right to use these consequences out of sequence I reserve the right to use these consequences out of sequence

7 Plagiarism What is it??? What is it??? - In its most simple form, plagiarism is copying someones work and passing it off as your own. - In its most simple form, plagiarism is copying someones work and passing it off as your own. - Most common case copying homework - Most common case copying homework Other examples Other examples - When writing a research paper if you copy word for word without crediting the author - When writing a research paper if you copy word for word without crediting the author - When writing a research paper, if you use an authors idea but dont give the - When writing a research paper, if you use an authors idea but dont give the author credit author credit

8 Consequences of Plagiarism First Offense : A zero for the assignment First Offense : A zero for the assignment - If multiple people have the same answers all will receive a zero. - If multiple people have the same answers all will receive a zero. Second Offense: 5 days of out of school suspension Second Offense: 5 days of out of school suspension Third Offense: Expulsion Third Offense: Expulsion

9 Tardies If you are not in your seat and ready to begin at the start of class, you are tardy. 1 st Tardy in a quarter – Free 1 st Tardy in a quarter – Free 2 nd & 3 rd Tardies in a quarter – Behavioral Examination Sheets 2 nd & 3 rd Tardies in a quarter – Behavioral Examination Sheets 4 th Tardy in a quarter – referral to the office and Saturday School 4 th Tardy in a quarter – referral to the office and Saturday School

10 Materials 3 Ring Binder 3 Ring Binder Notebook Paper Notebook Paper Pencils or Pens Pencils or Pens Red Pen Red Pen Hi-Lighters: Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink Hi-Lighters: Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink Index Cards – 1 package to start Index Cards – 1 package to start

11 Homework Homework is an important part of your education it can serve to: Homework is an important part of your education it can serve to: - introduce new material - practice with ideas and gain competence with them - practice with ideas and gain competence with them - prepare you for lab activities, quizzes or tests

12 Grade Scale Grades will be calculated based on the following scale Grades will be calculated based on the following scale Unit Test & Semester Projects – 50% Midterm and Final – 20% Labs – 15% Homework and Classwork -10% Quizzes – 5% Quizzes – 5%

13 Grades A = 90 – 100% A = 90 – 100% B = 80 – 89% B = 80 – 89% C = 70 – 79% C = 70 – 79% D = 60 – 69% D = 60 – 69% F = % or less F = % or less

14 Keys to Success Ask Questions… The instant you are confused Ask Questions… The instant you are confused Take good Cornell style notes Take good Cornell style notes Daily Study: summarize notes, review flashcards, review quizzes etc…. Daily Study: summarize notes, review flashcards, review quizzes etc…. If absent, use the website to keep up If absent, use the website to keep up See me for help if you are unsure of something. Be your own advocate! See me for help if you are unsure of something. Be your own advocate!

15 Extra Credit Will be offered throughout the semester Will be offered throughout the semester - Students must be caught up with - Students must be caught up with regular work to receive extra credit regular work to receive extra credit points points - Extra credit points will be calculated into the grade total at the end of the quarter they were earned in - Extra credit points will be calculated into the grade total at the end of the quarter they were earned in


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