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BIO 110: Biology 1 with Lab

Course Description

This is an introductory course in biology, which gives a survey of the foundations of biological diversity. It is intended for non-science majors. The student will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of in biology such as Mendelian inheritance, evolution, genetic engineering, information flow from DNA to RNA to protein, the relationships among organisms, and how they interact with the environment.

Cannot be used toward Biology concentration.

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Scientific Method: Learn the general steps of the scientific method and use these steps in solving problems, in order to understand how scientists think, distinguish between pseudoscience and real science, and evaluate scientific information in the popular press.
  2. Chemistry of Life: Learn basic chemistry including the properties of atoms, ions, chemical bonding and chemical reactions to understand biologically important molecules and processes. Learn the role of biologically important molecules in order to understand the correlation between cell structure and function.
  3. Cell Structure: Learn the differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, Identify and describe the structure and function of plant and animal cells and their organelles, in order to appreciate the unity and diversity of living things. Learn the structure of the plasma membrane and relate it to its functions in diffusion, transport, metabolism, and cell-cell interactions.
  4. Metabolism: Explain the principles of cellular respiration and photosynthesis so that the students understand energy flow in living systems.
  5. Cell division and cell cycle: Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis in order to understand the process of growth, reproduction and the importance of sexual reproduction to the evolution of the species.
  6. Genetics: Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of inheritance in order to solve simple genetic problems and recognize common misconceptions regarding human heredity.
  7. DNA, RNA, Genetic Engineering: Describe the structure and replication of DNA and its role in protein synthesis in order to understand the chemical basis of genetics and the use of DNA in genetic engineering and biotechnology.
  8. Reproduction and Development: Learn how gametes are formed and how the embryo develops.
  9. Evolution: Explain why evolution is the central theme in biology so that students can understand the unity and diversity of life.
  10. Diversity of Life: How are organisms grouped together. What are their relationships to each other.
  11. Ecology and Ecosystems: How organisms interact with each other and the environment.
  12. Laboratory Skills: To work safely in the laboratory and follow simple laboratory protocols in order to work cooperatively to complete laboratory exercises and conduct experiments using the scientific method. To be able to use the microscope to observe cell structure and function in order to develop good technique in preparation for more advanced courses. To be able to perform simple mathematical calculations and construct and interpret graphs in order to record and communicate the results of experiments

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussion Forum (Weeks 1-14)

25%

Tests (Weeks 4, 8, 12 & 15)

25%

Lab Experiments & Quizzes*

25%

Term Paper (Week 15)

25%

Total

100%

*A Laboratory Waiver must be turned in to COSC by the end of Week 1. Completion of this waiver is required and is counts toward students’ lab grade. Refer to Blackboard for the exact point value.

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Postlethwait, John and Janet Hopson. Life. 1st ed.Brooks/Cole, 2010. ISBN: 0538741341

Additional Required Materials

(Not available through MBS Direct. Order directly from Publisher.)

  • Biology Lab Kit - Students will purchase access to LateNite Labs

Please use the following steps:

  1. Click on the red Sign Up button under Student on www.latenitelabs.com
  2. Click the Student icon.
  3. Enter your email address and desired password.
  4. Click Register. You will receive a confirmation email that you have registered.
  5. You will be brought to the Student Dashboard page.
  6. Enter your first name, last name and section code in their respective fields. The section code for this course is 19095504.
  7. Select Credit Card Purchase for your enrollment type.
  8. Enter the first and last name on your credit card, card number, expiration date (mm/yy), and security code.
  9. Click Enroll. You will receive a confirmation email with your username and password.

Additional Resources

  • Must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to examine returned tests and papers.
  • A program capable of opening MS Word documents is also needed. If you do not have MS Word you may download Open Office (free).
  • You are expected to know how to use Google and other search engines, and how to use your wordprocessing programs (how to make tables and charts, import figures, etc.).

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1, 2, 3

Topic: Scientific Method, Scope of Biology, Basic Chemistry, and Cell Structure

  • Readings: Chapter 1: What is Life?, Chapter 2: Cells and the Chemistry of Life
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Introduction to LNL (not graded)
  • Lab: Cell Structure/Function (graded)
  • Submit Waiver

2

1, 4

Topic: Metabolism and Photosynthesis

  • Readings: Chapter 3: How Cells take in and Use Energy
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Biological Macromolecules
  • Start thinking about topic for Term Paper

3

5

Topic: How cells make more cells: Mitosis and Meiosis

  • Readings: Chapter 4: The Cell Cycle
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Announce term paper topic on forum for approval

4

6

Topic: Mendelian Genetics

  • Readings: Chapter 5: Patterns of Inheritance
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Test #1 (Ch 1-4)

5

7

Topic: DNA as the genetic material; DNA replication

  • Readings: Chapter 6: DNA: The Thread of Life
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Genetics of Corn

6

7

Topic: The Central Dogma; The genetic code; Transcription and Translation

  • Readings: Chapter 7: Genes, Proeins, and Genetic Engineering
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: DNA

7

8

Topic: Mammalian Development

  • Readings: Chapter 8: Reproduction and Development
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Begin  Lab Experiments 9 & 10
  • Term Paper Outline due
  • Lab: TBA

8

9

Topic: Evolution

  • Readings: Chapter 9: The mechanism of Evolution
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Test #2 (Ch 5-8)

9

10

Topic: How it all began

  • Readings: Chapter 10: Life's Origin and Biodiversity
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Evolution

10

10

Topic: Survey of Biodiversity 1

  • Readings: Chapter 11: Single-Celled Life
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Protists

11

10

Topic: Survey of Biodiversity 2

  • Readings: Chapter 12: Fungi and Plants.
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Fungi or Plants

12

10

Topic: Survey of Biodiversity 3

  • Readings: Chapter 13: The Evolution and Diversity of Animals
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Test #3 (Ch 9-12)

13

11

Topic: Ecology

  • Readings: Chapter 14: Ecology of Population and Communities
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Lab: Earthworm
14
12

Topic: Ecosystems: How does everything fit together?

  • Readings: Chapter 15: Ecosystems and the Biosphere
  • PowerPoint Lectures at course site
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Lab: Ecology

15

9, 10, 11, 12

Topic: Open forum for questions on material
  • Term Paper Due
  • Complete Test #4 (Ch 9-13, 14, 15)
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Additional Info

Exact due dates for written assignments will be posted in the Blackboard course shell.

Current as of: October 26, 2017

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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