FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY:
Kit Muma. Office: Center for Natural Sciences Rm. 158, (607) 274-3610,
Course web site: through Blackboard (go to http://courses.ithaca.edu/webct/public/home.pl)
Office Hours: after lecture Mon. and Wed., Tues. 11:00 am or by appointment
: Starr, C., and R. Taggart. 2006. BIOLOGY-The Unity and Diversity of Life: 11
Wadsworth Publ. Co. Belmont, CA (ISBN 9780495015994)
: Mader, Sylvia S. 2008. Customized Laboratory Manual “Inquiry into Life” - 12
edition, Wm. C. Brown Pub. Chicago. (ISBN 0077225872) - available in the bookstore
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 am, Textor Room 102
Monday 1:00pm, Tuesday 9:25am and 1:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm,
Thursday 9:25am and 1:00pm, Center for Natural Sciences Rooms 102 or 105.
: René Borgella, Maureen Foley, Asma Hatoum, John Hopple, Nancy Jacobson, Kit Muma
COURSE OBJECTIVES and LEARNING OUTCOMES
This course meets the needs of Occupational and Physical Therapy majors who require a full year
of biology for their professional programs.
It is appropriate for other students in Health Sciences and
Human Performance as a general biology requirement and is acceptable for students applying to medical
It also meets the general education science requirement (2a) of the School of Humanities and
The learning outcomes include:
1. Understanding the levels of organization of life and role of evolution in explaining life's
2. Developing your ability to use scientific methods to observe phenomena, design experiments,
make accurate measurements, graph and interpret data and communicate your results.
3. Explaining the basic concepts in biology including the chemical basis of life, structure of cells,
how cells produce and use energy, how they reproduce, and how inheritance works.
4. Understanding animal structure and function with an emphasis on major physiological systems
including nervous control, muscles, respiration, digestion, circulation, endocrine systems.
5. Appreciate homeostasis and interconnections among physiological systems
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING (400 points total)
Three lecture tests (
60 points each
) will be given during the scheduled lecture period and are based
on previous lectures and assigned readings.
These tests address learning outcomes 1 and 3-5 and will have