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BIOL 1020 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BIOL 1020 - Diversity of Life with Lab (formerly Biology II and Lab for non-Science Majors)

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course introduces the diversity of life on earth while looking in more detail at fungi, plants and animals. The structure and function of flowering plants is reviewed. Animal anatomy (tissues, organs and organ systems), physiology, reproduction and development are covered with an emphasis on humans. The final section of the course covers ecology principles.  NOTE:  This course is for Non-Science majors.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity and complexity of life.
  • Develop and understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the biological world.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the function and role of fungi and plants in our environment.
  • Better understand the way one's body is organized and functions.
  • Develop one's understanding and appreciation for the interactions which occur between organisms and between organisms and their environment.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Completion of or exemption from Learning Support writing and math competencies. NOTE:  This course is for Non-Science majors.

Course Topics:

Course topics are listed below under Assignments and Participation. It is expected that students will cover the topics in the order listed.

Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:


Grading Procedures:


Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
1206 to 1340 PointsA
1072 to 1205 PointsB
938 to 1071 PointsC
804 to 937 PointsD
under 937 PointsF

Graded Items

Aplia Chapter Assignments, 25 @ 20 points each500
Module quizzes, 12 @ 25 points each300
Lab questions, 12 @ 20 points each240
Research assignments, 2 @ 25 points each50
Lab report25
Library assignment25
Unit 1 exam (mid-term)100
Unit 2 exam (final)100
Total Points1340


Assignments and Projects:

Week 1: Course Orientation
Week 2: Module 1: Introduction to the Diversity of Life
Week 3: Module 2: The Kingdoms Fungi and Plantae
Week 4: Module 3: The Plant Body and Function
Week 5: Module 4: Plant Reproduction and Development
Week 6: Module 5: The Kingdom Animalia
Week 7: Module 6: The Human Body and Nervous System
Week 8: Module 7: The Endocrine, Skeletal and Muscle Systems
Week 9: Module 8: The Circulatory, Respiratory and Immune Systems
Week 10: Module 9: The Digestive and Urinary Systems
Week 11: Module 10: Reproduction and Development
Week 12: Module 11: Populations and Communities
Week 13: Module 12: Biomes and Ecosystems
Week 14: Final Exam

NOTE: This schedule may vary slightly due to differences in the lengths and breaks for fall, spring and summer semesters. Check the Course Calendar for weekly assignments and due dates.

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with their instructor on a weekly basis at a minimum (this includes the submission of assignments).

Late Policy:

It is the student's responsibility to submit assignments by the date indicated. Should events occur which will prevent the student from submitting assignments on time, it is the responsibility of the student to discuss this prior to the due date or as soon as possible.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021