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BIOL 112 - Cells & Molecules

A guide to assist you with BIOL 112 at Bay College.

Media Assignments

You are required to complete two 5-point media assignments. (10 points total).  A variety of options of different point values are listed below.

You may complete additional media assignments. Additional media assignment points will replace low scores on tests and quizzes. These are not “extra credit.” For example, if you get two out of 5 points on a quiz, you can do an extra media assignment, and I will change your quiz score to a 5. Extra media assignments can only be used on low test and quiz scores. You are limited to a maximum of 40 points to be used this way. Under no circumstances can media assignments be used to fix low scores on papers, lab reports, oral presentations, or regular assignments.

Summary. To earn 5 points:

  • Take notes
  • Write a 1 page, double spaced discussion
  • Hand in both notes and discussion

Current Research

The BIOL 112 Course Guide includes a variety of options for your two formal papers. For a more low-key 5 point media assignment option, read a paper, take notes, and then write up a 1 page, typed, double-spaced discussion of what you learned (12 pt. font, 1” margins). I am not interested in a summary.  Instead, let me know what you thought was really interesting, cool, or confusing. Staple your notes to your write-up and hand it in. You must hand in both your notes and your written summary.


Read a Book or Write a Short Paper

For 30 points, write a 2 page paper on a topic we decide on together from one of the books below.  Not interested in one of these? Find an alternative, and get my OK before you get started.


​HHMI Holiday Lecture Series

View a pair of lectures from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute annual Holiday Lecture Series. For each pair of lectures you view, take notes, and then write up a 1 page, typed, double-spaced discussion of what you learned (12 pt. font, 1” margins). I am not interested in a summary. Rather, I would like to know what you thought was really interesting or cool. Staple your notes to your write-up and hand it in. You must hand in both your notes and your written summary.

All lectures are available via streaming video on-line at the links below. The Library has DVDs of many of them.

Summary. To earn 5 points:

  • Watch 2 lectures
  • Take notes
  • Write a 1 page, double spaced discussion
  • Hand in both notes and discussion

Other Videos, Films, Shows and Series