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Bis2asyllabus - BIS2A ORIGINS AND ESSENCE OF LIFE Instructor Dr Karen Gerhart Office 1033A Science Lab Building Telephone 752 5831 Email

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B IS 2A: O RIGINS AND E SSENCE OF L IFE Instructor: Dr. Karen Gerhart Office: 1033A Science Lab Building Telephone: 752 – 5831 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: TBA (see website), or by appointment. Course description Welcome to BIS2A. This course is the first in a three-part introductory biology series, designed to examine the unity and diversity of life on Earth. Organisms demonstrate a rich diversity of metabolisms, organizations, and lifestyles. Yet despite this diversity, there are certain minimal properties or ‘essentials’ that are shared by all life. These include the ability to couple potential energy sources to cellular work (bio-energetics), the ability to store and transmit genetic information (inheritance), and the ability to separate ‘self’ from the environment (cellularity). The molecular mechanisms used to meet these requirements are also shared, demonstrating the common ancestry, or unity, of life. BIS2A focuses on the cellular features that are critical for life and differentiate cells from non-living systems. We also investigate how these cellular features may have first developed, and the differences in genetic and structural complexity that permitted new strategies for resource acquisition and reproduction, such as multi-cellularity and meiosis. Teaching Philosophy Most students have learned good memorization skills during their K1-12 education. However, few have had much practice at higher levels of learning. In Bis002A, you will be learning basic facts about biology, but will also be asked to show that you can comprehend (level 2), apply (level 3), analyze (level 4), and occasionally synthesize (level 5) or evaluate (level 6) this knowledge. Bloom's taxonomy* 1. (Lowest level) Knowledge : define, identify, list, recognize, reiterate, replicate, restate, state Examples: Define prokaryote. Identify a nucleotide. Identify the stages of mitosis. 2. Comprehension : discuss, describe, explain, identify, locate, recognize, report, reword, show Describe how DNA can contain redundant information. Explain how changes in the base sequence of DNA can affect protein function. 3. Application : act out, calculate, demonstrate, illustrate, implement, interpret, perform, use Example: Use labeled symbols to illustrate the function of the electron transport chain. Interpret the results of an experiment. 4. Analysis : analyze, break down, chart, compare and contrast, diagram, differentiate, distinguish, dissect, inspect, relate, test What would happen to the error rate if DNA were single-stranded rather than double-stranded? Compare and contrast cell division in bacterial and eukaryotic cells.
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Bis2asyllabus - BIS2A ORIGINS AND ESSENCE OF LIFE Instructor Dr Karen Gerhart Office 1033A Science Lab Building Telephone 752 5831 Email

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