09F Syllabus - Biology 101 Liberal Studies Fall 2009...

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Biology 101 – Liberal Studies Fall 2009 Sylllabus Faculty: Dr. Irene Salter Office: Holt 341 Phone: 898-6340 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Tues 8:30-11, Tues 12-12:30 and Fri 1-3, or by appointment Required texts: Krough, D. A Brief Guide to Biology with Physiology , Pearson/Prentice Hall BIOL101 Concepts of Biology Laboratory Manual – for Liberal Studies (available through Omicron in Holt Hall 2 nd floor beside the mountain lion) Science notebook – a 70-100 page spiral notebook dedicated to the activity portion of this course (please keep your lecture notes in a separate location) Goals of the Course: This is NOT your traditional college biology course. The goal of this course is to give you mastery over the concepts required of K-8 students in California in a hands-on, experiential way. By the end of the course, you will hopefully gain a deep understanding of the major key concepts that are the foundation of biology – deep enough for you to teach kids about them if that is your eventual career goal. Do not expect to spend a lot of time listening to me talk at you while you take notes. Most of the time, you will be actively engaged in observing, experimenting, discovering, discussing, and building models during both “lecture” and “lab” sections. Through your own explorations, you will develop an understanding of the biology concepts that lay beneath what you observe. We will also spend a significant portion of the course discussing and analyzing how people (including young children and yourselves) learn about biology. Most of the activities you will take part in come directly from my former middle school science classroom. If you wish to use these activities in your own classrooms someday, then lesson plans can be found at my website: http://www.mysciencebox.org Many of the videos showing children learning the same concepts as we are may be viewed online for free at http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/essential/life/ Throughout the course, you will experience and learn about every life science concept listed in the K-8 California Science Content Standards. In fact, these standards contain every big idea you will be expected to master by the end of the class. These include: Ecology – living things interact with each other and with their environment Structure and Function – all living things have structures that are suited to accomplish specific functions Evolution – the diversity of living things on the planet is the result of evolution taking place over a long period of time Chemistry of Life – living things have many different kinds of molecules, including small ones, such as water and salt, and very large ones, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and DNA Cell Biology – all living things are made of cells which carry on all the processes needed to sustain life Genetics – cells contain DNA which provides the genetic instructions necessary to run the cell and the whole organism
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course BIO BIO130 taught by Professor Goralka during the Spring '09 term at Diablo Valley College.

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09F Syllabus - Biology 101 Liberal Studies Fall 2009...

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