• Biology DP Year 1

    Course Syllabus

    Biology DP Year 1 Syllabus 2020/2021
    Dr. Mark Sivy
    Concord High School

    Please note that due to the unique nature of the 2020-21 academic year, items in this syllabus are subject to change.


    Course Description

    This is Year 1 of the two year Diploma Program Biology course for the International Baccalaureate Program. The curriculum for this year includes cell biology, molecular biology, plants, and genetics.  Next year will continue the remaining topics. When possible, we will be using regular laboratory exercises or simulations to discover, explore and reinforce content. You’ll eventually devise your own procedures and design your own experiment. Advanced algebra skills are essential for this course, as a large amount of time will be used processing and analyzing raw lab data. The overall goal of this course is to not only prepare you for IB Biology requirements, but to have you develop a thorough background in Biology that can be applied to many aspects of your personal life and as a preparation for college level science.



    Time (hrs)

    2.1 – 2.5, 8.1  Molecular Biology: biochemistry, metabolism, organic compounds


    1.1 – 1.6   Cell Biology: structures, transport, division


    2.6-2.7, 7.1-7.3  Molecular Biology: nucleic acids, replication, transcription, translation


    2.8, 2.9, 8.2, 8.3  Molecular Biology: cellular respiration, photosynthesis


    9.1 – 9.4  Plant Biology: transport, growth, reproduction


    3.1 – 3.5, 10.1, 10.2  Genetics: chromosomes, genes, theoretical genetics, biotechnology 



    Grading Policy (this is subject to change):

    Major Assessments (Tests, Projects, and Lab reports) – 75%

    Minor Assessment (Quizzes, worksheets, activities, etc.) - 25%


    In-class Materials (some for online):


    $28 lab supplies fee (one-time)

    Pen and pencil every day


    3-Ring Binder (2 inch)

    Composition notebook

    Jump Drive

    Loose-leaf paper

    Glue Stick

    Colored pencils

    Graph Paper

    One large box of tissue




    Class Rules/Expectations:           

    • Be in your seat (or Microsoft Teams) and prepared for class before class begins.
    • Be respectful of your peers and teacher.
    • Follow Cabarrus County Schools and Concord High School rules.
    • Consequences are dealt with according the CHS guidelines


    Student Objectives and Expectations:

    During this course, it’s intended that you achieve the following objectives.

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of:
      1. scientific facts and concepts
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific terminology
      4. Methods of presenting scientific information.
    2. Apply and use:
      1. scientific facts and concepts
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific terminology to communicate effectively
      4. appropriate methods to present scientific information.
    3. Construct, analyze and evaluate:
      1. hypotheses, research questions and predictions
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific explanations.
    4. Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem solving.


    Access to Grades (www.powerschool.com):

    Your grades will be available to you and your parents/guardians online using PowerSchool.  To login, use the directions given to you by the school. 



    All assignments must be turned in no later than the stated time, otherwise a grade of zero is earned. If you received an assignment, but you’re absent on the due date, the assignment is due the day you return.


    During class, you’re expected to work on the given assignment until it’s been submitted. Any assignments to be completed as homework must be submitted at the beginning of the next class meeting.


    If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact me to find out what you need to make up. I will gladly go over the material you missed. Including the day you return, you have three calendar days to complete the missed work. If you are out the day before a quiz/test, you may still be required to take the quiz/test on the day you return. This is your responsibility!


    Food and Drink Policy (In-class)

    The classroom is a biology laboratory so, in accordance with standard safety procedures, food and beverages will not be allowed at any time. The only exception is a water in a container with a hard seal.


    Phone/Technology Policy: Once you enter the class, cell phones and other personal electronic devices that are not approved are to be turned off and put away. You may still use your own computer if you wish.


    Group 4 Project (Year 1)

    The group 4 project is a collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects work together on a scientific or technological topic.  It will be your teams responsibility to create and carry out an experiment or project with students from the other scientific disciplines, IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science, IB Physics, and IB Chemistry.  Topics and locations will be chosen at the beginning of 2nd semester, when more information will be available.


    Internal Assessment (Year 2)

    Internal assessment is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same. Students will start research for their Internal Assessment the summer after their 1st year.


    Dropout Prevention / Driver’s License:

    The Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License legislation from the State of North Carolina requires that the CHS is to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles when a student is not making adequate academic progress or drops out of school.  “Adequate academic progress” is defined as having passing grades in 70% or more of student’s classes during each semester.  A student on the 4 X 4 block (Cabarrus County high schools) will have his/her license or permit revoked if the student does not pass at least three (3) courses during a semester. 


    Students who drop out of school and are not making adequate academic progress will also have his/her license or permit revoked.  A new Driving Eligibility Certificate cannot be granted for a period of six-months even if the student enrolls in a non-public school or community college.