AP%20Biology%20Course%20Syllabus

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AP Biology Course Syllabus Teaching Philosophy: In teaching AP Biology I find that I am working towards helping students understand more completely the complex world around us and how we influence this world. I also want students to love biology as much as I do. Teaching biology allows me to guide and direct my students as they prepare for college. I believe that all students should be focused on: 1) being critical thinkers and life long learners. 2) being responsible for their actions, ideas and for their knowledge. 3) being aware of how advances in science apply to their lives 4) developing a sound knowledge base and participate in a full laboratory experience. In doing this, the course is conformed to the three main topics of the AP Biology course. These topics are covered through class lectures, labs, and projects that students are required to complete. The three main topics are part and parcel of the course, allowing for specific topics and information to be covered and understood. I. Cells and molecules II. Heredity and Evolution III. Organisms and Populations In addition, I integrate the 8 themes of the AP Course throughout the curriculum. These themes allow students to receive a “Big Picture” sort of view of the course and a purpose for studying Biology. I try to teach biology in a thematic method, beginning at the molecular level and following the process up to the organismal and ecological levels. For example, when studying membrane, we look at the molecular makeup of cellular membranes, the cellular processes of osmosis and how membranes influence cellular processes, and then how it is used in a variety of organisms, such as single cell organisms and even the functioning of the excretory system using osmosis for homeostatic regulation. Each topic incorporates all 8 of the following themes: I. Science as Process II. Evolution III. Energy transfer IV. Continuity and change V. Relationship of Structure to Function VI. Regulation VII. Interdependence in Nature VIII. Science, Technology and Society : Campbell & Reece, et al, Biology 6th Edition , Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2002 A.P. Biology Laboratory Manual for Students , College Board, 2001 Morgan, J, Carter, M., Investigating Biology, Fourth Edition, Benjamin Cummings, 2002. Senior Biology 1 Student Resource and Activity Manual. Biozone, 2004. Senior Biology 2 Student Resource and Activity Manual. Biozone, 2004.
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The following sources are from the alternate labs used: BIO-RAD Biotechnology Explorer. pGLO Bacterial Transformation Kit http://explorer.bio- rad.com BIO-RAD Biotechnology Explorer. Restriction Digestion and Analysis of Lambda DNA http://explorer.bio-rad.com FlyLab. http://www.biologylabsonline.com Additional labs and activities are teacher generated and from other sources. Course Overview
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