Honors Biology

 

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Course Summary

 

This is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory, senior high school, honors biology course taught in a 33-week, school-year-block schedule.  This course utilizes an e-Notebook provided by Red Wagon Tutorials and online resources. There is no text book to buy. There are 16 chapters to complete; hence, the student will finish one chapter every two weeks according to the schedule provided.  

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The course provides a general survey of the five biological kingdoms.  It also covers the following topics: classification, the definition of life, features of the organisms in each kingdom, an introduction to biochemistry, cell structure and function, cellular reproduction, DNA, protein synthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics.  

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The course employs experiments designed to be done at home.  Students perform 20 required lab activities during the 33-week session.  Labs include simple experiments using household items (required, see link below), four dissection experiments using a purchased dissection kit (required, see link below), and several microscope labs using a sophisticated microscope and associated equipment (optional, but highly recommended). 

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Students must complete 20 30 pages of reading per chapter, all required chapter experiment activities (to be recorded in a parent-checked and instructor-recorded paper and ink laboratory report notebook), and an online instructor-graded chapter test at the end of each chapter. There will also be an online instructor-graded semester exam at the end of each semester and a quarterly (two per semester) formal lab report submission required.  

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Semester grades for the course will be determined by the number of required labs completed and grade obtained on the two quarterly formal lab report submissions (25% of total grade), online chapter test scores (50%), and online comprehensive semester exam standing (25%).  There will be online 1st and 2nd semester grade cards produced. Students will meet with the instructor once per week for 90 minutes in an interactive video conference using web conferencing software. 

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Cost of the course is approximately $400 ($13 per 90-minute session): computer, Internet, and lab equipment costs are not included.  There is no refund of tuition should a student miss a class or should the corporate Internet system fail.  Mr. Rosenoff will record his classes and make these available encase of Internet failure or for individual absence make up: an example recording is linked to the course main page.

 

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