LO-1 - EXAM 1 LEARNING OBJECTIVES BIOLOGY 200 A...

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EXAM 1 LEARNING OBJECTIVES BIOLOGY 200 A. Introduction to the Biology 200 (Foundations of Biology) 1. Discuss and identify each of the following characteristics of life: a. complex level of organization f. heredity b. composed of cells g. response to stimuli c. metabolism (catabolism and anabolism) h. reproduction d. homeostasis i. evolution (adaptation) e. growth and development j. life requires life 2. Discuss, interrelate and identify each of the following levels of organization: a. subatomic particles h. organ systems b. atoms i. individuals (organisms) c. molecules j. populations d. organelles k. communities e. cells (basic unit of life) l. ecosystems f. tissues m. biosphere g. organs 3 Discuss and recognize emergent properties. 4. Explain the purpose of taxonomy and its importance in biology. B. Science 1. Define "science" and contrast science with other ways of knowing. 2. Differentiate between scientific and nonscientific information. 3. Discuss what is meant by the "scientific method" and outline the general steps involved in the scientific method, and provide an explanation of each step. 4. Describe and recognize each of the following: a. experimental group d. dependent variable b. control group e. control variables c. independent variable 5. Compare and contrast experimental investigations and descriptive investigations. 6. Explain why nothing is ever "proven" in science and explain why the realization of this is so important in science. 7. Distinguish between a testable hypothesis and a nontestable hypothesis. 8. Formulate a testable hypothesis and design an experiment to test that hypothesis. 9. Analyze experimental investigations to identify: a. bias and errors in experimental design. b. ways to improve the design of an experiment. c. alternative hypothesis which could be tested with the experimental design. d. valid and invalid conclusions based on the experimental design and experimental results. e. the presence of more than one independent variable. f. acceptable control groups C. Elementary Chemistry
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1. Discuss the importance of energy and matter to living systems. 2. State which elements are most common to living organisms (i.e. CHOPNS) and discuss how organisms acquire these elements.
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