• AP Biology Syllabus   - Kittay/Mastromonaco                      Redwood High School 2018-2019

    Advanced Placement Biology is a yearlong introductory college level survey course in Biology designed to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement examination that is given in early May. It will allow you to pursue in-depth analyses of biological concepts and gain an appreciation for the amazing workings of the living world.  Because AP Biology represents the equivalent of a college level introductory biology course, you can expect to be challenged by the material, and in turn will be expected to keep pace with a demanding schedule of reading assignments, laboratory investigations, and out-of-class assignments.  All students are expected to take the AP Exam. In preparation for this test, students will be exposed to similar assessments throughout the course and will be required to complete both take home and in-class answers to free response questions for each unit of study. The course is organized around four Big Ideas in Biology: Evolution, Energy Transformations, Information Transfer, and Biological Interactions. For each big idea, enduring understandings will be presented. Students will be assessed on the learning objectives and science practices, which comprise the essential knowledge we want students to know. Much of the laboratory work will be inquiry-based and involve student directed investigations. Topics investigated will include: Evolution – Population Modeling and Bioinformatics, Cell Structure and Function - Diffusion and Osmosis, Energy Transformations - Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Information Transfer - Mitosis and Meiosis, Molecular Biology, Interactions - Animal Behavior, Plant Physiology, Enzymes, and Energy Dynamics.


                                                                Units of Study:

    Fall Semester                                                                                   Spring Semester

    Unit 1 – Introduction to AP Biology                           Unit 6 - Heredity

    Unit 2 – Chemistry of Life                                        Unit 7 – Gene Expression & Regulation

    Unit 3 – Cell Structure and Function                         Unit 8 - Evolution

    Unit 4 – Cellular Energetics                                     Unit 9 - Ecology

    Unit 5 – Cellular Communication                              Unit 10 – Exam Preparation


    Textbook: Biology in Focus, Campbell, 2017 2e, Pearson Education


    Laboratory Manual: College Board AP Biology Student Lab Manual: Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach, 2012.


    Student Evaluation:

    • Grades will be determined using a total point system. Categories include Unit Exams (~40%), Labs (~30%), Quizzes (~5%), and Homework (~25%). To determine your grade at any time during the marking period, add up all of the points you have earned on tests, quizzes, labs, and homework assignments.  Divide this number by the total possible number of points. Grades will also be posted online and updated each week. WE DO NOT round.


    • Each unit will be assessed with a Unit Exam using the same format as the AP Exam. There will be multiple-choice questions, short free response questions and long free response questions, and mathematical grid-in questions.
    • Conceptual understanding will also be assessed using quizzes and quick check for understandings.


    • Laboratory assessments will follow several different formats: Claim-Evidence-Reasoning slides, Mini Poster presentations, Experimental Design Outlines for student-designed experiments, and will always reflect the AP Biology science practices.


    • Homework grades are given for completed guided reading activities.


    • Late assignments are NEVER accepted.


    • All work is due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.


    Make Up Policy:

    • Attendance is extremely important in AP level classes, especially on lab days. We expect all students to be present for class unless it is physically impossible for you to attend. This means scheduling college visits, medical/dental appointments, vacations, etc. at times which do not cause you to miss class. You will have one week to make up any missed assessments or labs, and assignments that were due the date of absence are due the next class meeting. We expect students to be responsible for requesting missed assignments and to complete them according to the class policies set forth here. Missed Exams must be made up within one week and will be an alternate exam.


    Academic Honesty:

    • All students are expected to follow the Redwood High School academic honesty policy. It will be strictly enforced in AP Biology.


    Key to Success:


    • Let’s have a fantastic year!


    I have read and understand all of the above class policies.


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