Biomedical Innovations (BI)2017-09-03T19:48:12+00:00

Biomedical Innovation

12th Grade

The Instructor

“BI has the potential to be one of the most powerful experiences a student can have in high school.”

Mr Burke

Syllabus Information

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A large portion of this course is collaborative, which means you will be working with your classmates. You will be responsible for not only the content of an assignment, but for the effective function of your group. If you have issues with your group or its function at any time, you must see Mr. Burke immediately to develop a resolution. Issues with groups that are brought up on or near due dates, after projects are handed in, or after grades are given will not be addressed!


The foundation of Biomedical Innovation is the projects (or tasks) that you complete at the end of each problem. These projects are incredibly important as they demonstrate your understanding and comprehension of all of the work you will have completed to that point. Please understand that, because of the size and intricacy of the projects and the large amount of time spent on their completion, they will comprise a very large portion of your grade. Plan accordingly, work to the absolute best of your ability, and be sure to carefully follow instructions and rubrics when completing these projects.

Independent Project

Students will be required to complete an Independent Project during the course. Thorough instructions and some class time will be afforded, but the majority of the project will be completed outside of class. The project will have required portions due during each quarter of the school year. Students must complete and present their Independent Project in order to be eligible to receive college credits and to receive a certificate of completion for the Biomedical Sciences Program.


Assessments will include smaller ongoing assignments, some of which will not be counted for points, but will help to track student progress and evaluate student achievement. This category will include daily drills, classwork, homework assignments, conclusion questions and writing assignments. Assessments will also include larger assignments such as quizzes, tests, labs, ongoing research, or long-term projects.


Grades will be based on a point system. The number of points for a particular activity will be based on the length and involvement. Final grades will be determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of points possible in the quarter.

Grades will be determined according to Harford County Public Schools policy:

A: 89.5-100% B: 79.5-89.5% C: 69.5-79.5% D: 59.5-69.5% E: 0-59.5%

Assignments will be turned in almost exclusively as digital versions. It is imperative that instructions for turn-in procedures are followed precisely. If an assignment is completed on time as demonstrated by time-stamped evidence, but was turned it in late or improperly (e.g. incorrect naming conventions, incorrect file formats, incorrect turn-in locations), a 10% deduction will be taken from the grade achieved. This policy applies to individual and group assignments.

Late Work

Assignments in this class are almost entirely turned in digitally. All digital assignments should be turned in on time, regardless of attendance in class on due dates. Written teacher approval is required for any exceptions to this policy. Students who miss a lab or other assignment that must be completed in the classroom must see a teacher to schedule a make-up date immediately upon their return. Failure to schedule a make-up date upon return to school will result in a zero on the assignment.

Late work is any work that is not turned in at the time that was specified for it to be collected. Work that is not handed in on time for any reason is considered late. Late work will be accepted up to seven calendar days after the date it was due for half credit. After that time no credit will be awarded; the grade will be recorded as a zero.


Required Materials

Suggested Materials

  • Personal Portable Technology (e.g. laptop or tablet)

Academic Integrity

Cheating, copying, and plagiarism are all forms of academic dishonesty. Cheating is any form of obtaining information unfairly and without authorization for a test, quiz or other graded assignment. Copying is the use of another’s work with the understanding of a teacher that it is one’s own. Unless a teacher has expressly stated in the assignment instructions that the task is one that is collaborative, it should be assumed that the assessment is an individual endeavor. Cheating, whether verbal, written, or computer generated, can involve, but is not limited to:

  • Copying on tests
  • Copying of homework
  • Plagiarism of published works (including Internet resources)
  • Multiple submission of work previously turned in for a grade by another student.
  • Giving answers to a test or homework
  • Discussion of test materials with others
  • Using electronic devices to communicate any contents of homework, tests or quizzes
  • Using electronic devices without teacher permission to acquire information during class hours

Sign the Syllabus

Click the icon below to be taken to a Google Form. Please complete the form, click submit, then print and sign the confirmation page. Your student will bring this page into class for credit.