BIOLOGY 112 -- General Biology II

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Gillingham

Office: N203E

Phone: 362-7241


Office Hours: M: 8:30 am - 9 am;  TTh: 7:45 - 8 am, 9:15 am - 11 am, 12:15 pm - 2 pm; WF: 9 am - 11 am


This is the second semester of a two-semester sequence that covers the fundamental characteristics of living things. This course represents a general survey of living systems with emphasis on processes at the cellular level. The basic foundations of biological diversity, plant and animal physiology, and behavior and ecology are presented as they apply to all living organisms.


Audesirk, T and G. Audesirk (2013).  Biology: Life on Earth (10th edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.  It is available in several formats:

--Hardbound textbook with Mastering Biology and full e-text   ISBN: 0321794036

--Loose-leaf text with Mastering Biology and full e-text   ISBN: 0321844823

--Purchase access code for full e-book with Mastering Biology  ISBN:  032183478X


Ambrose, H. W. and K. P. Ambrose. A Handbook of Biological Investigation. Knoxville, Tennessee: Hunter Textbooks Inc.


Course Hours Per Week: 6 (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: Bio 111, eligible to take English 111


Students will earn grades by their performance on lecture tests, laboratory exercises, and a final exam. The four lecture tests given during the semester will count 75% of the final grade and these will consist primarily of 'short answer' questions.  Questions will focus on lecture material, but may also include material in the text not covered in class.  Students will also have the option of taking a comprehensive final exam at the end of the semester.  The grade earned on this comprehensive and multiple-choice final exam will be substituted for a lower grade earned on a lecture test during the semester.  Your performance on the final exam cannot harm your grade.  If you do not improve on your lowest test score, your final grade will be based on the four tests taken during the semester.  Final grades are based on the percentage of possible points earned. CFCC has a standardized grading scale that must be used by all instructors:

A = 92-100% B = 84-91% C = 76-83% D= 68-75% F = Below 68%

W = withdraw: not computed in to the grade point average, requires instructor's signature, last date on which you can receive this grade is 2/7/14

WP = withdraw passing: not computed into the grade point average, requires instructor's signature, last date on which you can receive this grade is 4/4/14

WF = withdraw failing: computed as an "F", requires instructor signature, last date on which you can receive this grade is 4/4/14

I = incomplete: agreement with instructor must be completed within six weeks following the end of the semester


We will cover material during each lecture and lab session.  Class lectures will follow the lecture schedule attached, with lab work designed to reinforce lecture topics.  Videos, slides, readings, and living material will be used throughout the course to help you to understand the material.  You are expected to have read any appropriate material before coming to class.  If you are going to miss a class, you should get a classmate to pick up any handouts that I may give out during that class meeting.  I do not keep extra copies.


According to CFCC policy, you must attend at least 80% of class hours to be eligible to receive credit for the course.  We meet a total of 69.3 hours.  That means that you must attend at least 55.5 hours of class to receive credit.  Class will start and end on time.  It is your responsibility to sign the role sheet at the beginning of each class and you may not sign in another student.  Showing up late and/or leaving early will count against you.  An absence from class is calculated as an absence, regardless of the reason. 

              Religious Observances: Students will be allowed two days of excused absence each academic year for religious observances required by the faith of the student.  These excused absences will be included in the twenty (20%) percent of allowable clock hour absences. Students are required to provide written notice of the request for an excused absence by completing the Religious Observance Absence form available in Student Development. The completed form must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Development or his/her designee a minimum of ten (10) school days prior to the religious observance.  The Vice President of Student Development or his/her designee will notify the instructor within three (3) school days of receiving the request. Students will be given the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to the excused absence and should work with their instructors in advance of the excused absence to delineate how to make up the missed coursework.


There are no make-ups.  No test, for whatever reason, may be "made-up".  However, a comprehensive exam on lecture material will be given on the last day of class to replace one test.  Any additional missed exams will be treated as a grade of 0%.

There are also no make-ups for labs or lab practicals.  You must rely on you lab group for missed information.  Missing a lab practical will be treated as a grade of 0%.


Any student who requests classroom accommodations because of a disability must present documentation to verify his/her disability.  This documentation must be furnished to · the Disabilities Service Coordinator, and this should be provided prior to requesting accommodation by the instructor.  On a confidential basis, the student, disabilities services and the instructor will determine the appropriate accommodations following documentation.   Accommodations will be provided in a manner that is consistent with the objectives, outcomes, and academic standards of the course.  Absences must not exceed class attendance policy.


Any student found cheating will receive a grade of 0% on that assignment.  A second occurrence of cheating will result in an “F” for the course.  Plagiarism is using as your own the words or ideas of another, whether written or oral.  When you use material from a source, you must quote or paraphrase accurately and properly cite the information.   Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.  Examples of plagiarism include word-for-word copying without correctly indicating that you are quoting, inaccurate quoting and paraphrasing, and incomplete or missing documentation.  Purchasing a paper or copying someone else's work and submitting it as your own are also plagiarism.  Any misrepresentation of the source in your writing or speaking would constitute a form of plagiarism.

CFCC General Education Competencies Will Incorporate All or Some of the Following: Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Computer Skills, Quantitative Skills, Understanding Scientific Concepts and Application


Children on Campus Policy: Per CFCC policy (Catalog & Student Handbook), children cannot be taken into classrooms, laboratories or shops unless authorized by College personnel. Please be advised that, in part due to liability issues, children are not allowed into any classroom!

Student Accounts:
Your myCFCC account is a single username and password for all of your CFCC network accounts: email, WebAdvisor, Blackboard, campus computer access, and more. The email account provided to you ( is used for all official communication with CFCC instructors and staff. Some information will ONLY be sent by email and not by postal mail, so it is very important that you check this account. This account may also be used for personal mail, but is subject to the CFCC Acceptable Use Policy. Be sure to logout of your account in each service you may have opened (email, Blackboard, etc) when you leave a shared computer, otherwise it is possible for the next user of the computer to access your information.

Contingency Plan: · If there is an emergency and the instructor or an appropriate substitute does not meet with the class, wait fifteen minutes.  Then, everyone in the class should sign a roll sheet and designate someone to take it to the Department Chair or Secretary.

Tobacco use is prohibited on all CFCC property.  The first offense is a warning and the second offense may result in disciplinary action.


***The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes, adjustments, additions and deletions in course content, first day handout, or instructional technique, without notice or obligations.


DISCLAIMER: Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester.  The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.


No late work is accepted.
Please place your section number on all tests and any other work that you turn in to me.
Read over material to be covered in class BEFORE class. It will make more sense.
Please review the CFCC Work Ethic Policy as to your responsibility as a CFCC student.