ELI08320B - Syllabus:Biology2002(Fall2008)

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Syllabus:  Biology 2002 (Fall 2008) Foundations of Biology for Biological Science Majors, Part 1 I. Course Philosophy and Overall Goals  Biology 2002 and 2003 comprise a year-long course sequence designed to prepare biological sciences majors for advanced studies in biology, including ecology, evolution, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and organismal biology. Because of its importance for understanding all other areas of biology, evolution is the central unifying concept of both of these foundational courses. In Biol 2002/03, you will learn biological principles by working individually and in teams to solve problems, analyze data, explore case studies, and conduct laboratory investigations. The Biol 2002/03 courses emphasize the relationships among biological fields of study, as well as the relationships among biology, chemistry, and other physical sciences. We also emphasize the development and application of quantitative skills, concepts, and tools to biological problems. Your work in these courses will help you learn to approach real-world problems from a scientific perspective and develop skills for independent learning, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and scientific reasoning. In this way, these courses will help prepare you for success in your future career, especially in biology-related fields. What biological concepts will I learn in this course? Biology 2002 focuses on major concepts in evolution and genetics . For detailed information about specific learning outcomes in Biology 2002, please see the tables and outline at the end of the syllabus. What major skills will I gain or strengthen? Scientific reasoning & process: This course will help you learn (or practice) how to think like a scientist. You will gain experience doing a variety of scientific protocols, using modern research equipment and strategies. You will be learning how to make observations, develop hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret data. Quantitative reasoning: You will gain additional experience using mathematical concepts and tools to analyze, evaluate, and present data. Information literacy: You will learn how to find information and data, evaluate it, and synthesize it to solve problems or make decisions. Communication skills: You will gain experience communicating in a biological context and presenting your work in an oral, written, and graphic format. Preparation for life after college: You will strengthen your time management skills, your understanding of ethical issues in science, and your ability to work effectively as a team member. 1
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II. Instructor Information Robin Wright Genetics, Cell Biology & Development 123 Snyder Hall [email protected] 612-624-1032 (office) 651-644-0752 (home – emergencies only please) Office Hours – after class or by appointment Welcome! This will be my third time teaching this course and I LOVE it. The creativity and dedication of students in Biology 2002 is totally awesome. Now, somethings about me:
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ELI08320B - Syllabus:Biology2002(Fall2008)

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