Biology Syllabus

Mrs. Malarkey

Room 202



Course Description:                       


This biology course will be an introduction to the fundamental processes of living things, with an emphasis on the role of molecular biology and biotechnology in our world. Students will learn biology by doing, and constructing meaning from observations of hands on activities such as experiments and demonstrations. The laboratory component of the course consists of quantitative and qualitative experiments that stress experimental design, data collection, and graphical analysis. Collaborative learning (blending whole class instruction, working in teams and individual study) will be an important part of this course. The major objective of this course is to implore with you, the student, and the abilities to apply both hypothetical-deductive reasoning as well as critical thinking to real-life experiences.


Essential Materials:

3-Ring Binder with Tabs – this will allow for much easier storage of old worksheets, labs, homework etc.  This will be checked for a homework grade before every test.


Calculator – The course will require the use of mathematics, thus some form of calculator is required


Composition Book


Grading: The Final Grade in based on the following percentages for each trimester and 2 cumulative exams that are given at the end of the trimester.  Biology is a Keystone tested subject and will not have a third exam at the end of the year.  The Keystone is a state wide test, similar to the PSSA that must be passed before the student graduates from High School.

    • Trimester 1 29%

    • Exam 1 6%

    • Trimester 2 29%

    • Exam 2 7%

    • Trimester 3 29%


      Distribution of Grades

      Formal Assessment (70%):  This will include test, labs. quizzes, and projects.


      Practice/Classwork (30%):  This will include homework, participation, binder check, and class assignments.


      Absentee Policy:  Students who were absent will have 72 hours to complete and make up missing assignments.  Missed labs will be required to be made up by the end of the week of the missed day.  It is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up missing test or quizzes and to check the bin located in the front of the room for handouts. 



      Corrections:  Corrections can be done on assessments with a 65% or lower.  The corrections will include the correct answer explanation of the new answer, and a reference to where you found the answer (what page in a book or what worksheet it came from).   A form will be provided.



      Upper School General (Non-Negotiable) Expectations.

  • The Code of Conduct will be followed 100% of the time.

  • Students will bring the necessary supplies with them every class period and will be prepared to learn.

  • Students will be in compliance with the Dress Code. No purses, back packs, hats, jackets, or non-school approved sweatshirts or sweaters will be brought to the class at any time.

  • Students are to enter class and immediately begin the do now questions.

  • Student are to be on time to class every day

  • No electronic devises are permitted in the classroom.


    Classroom Procedures


    How do we start class?

  • Students will line up outside the door and will be welcomed into the classroom.

  • Students will enter the room and find their assigned seat BEFORE the bell rings. If you are not in your seat at the time that class starts as indicated in the student handbook  you will be marked tardy (3 tardies results in an after school detention).

  • You are to begin working on your do now immediately. 


    What are other student procedures?


  • All students will be expected to SLANT.


Sit up


Ask and answer questions

Nod your head

Track the speaker


  • Respect your classmates, your teacher, and yourself.
  • Respect the equipment and furnishings of this room and of the school.
  • Do not interfere with any person’s right to learn.
  • Always work at a 100%
  • No swearing or teasing
  • Keep the room clean (do not stuff things in the drains; you will be cleaning it up!)
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Raise your hand to speak – don’t talk when someone else is talking
  • No disruptions should happen if you need to retrieve a tissue, throw something away, and or sharpening a pencil.


How do we label our papers?

·         In the left hand corner, put the following information top to bottom



Teacher Name


Due Date

Title of Assignment



I, ___________________(student name) have read and agree to follow the guidelines outlined on the course syllabus.


I, ___________________ (parent name) have read and agree to the guidelines outlined on the course syllabus.

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