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Bio101 Syllabus

Bio101 Syllabus - Syllabus for Biology 101 General Biology...

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Syllabus for Biology 101: General Biology Section 20 Fall 2009 Instructor: Dr. Adrianne Prokupek Time: MWF 10:30-11:20am Location: Henzlik Hall Room 124 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By e-mail request Required Texts: 1 Campbell N, Reece J, Mitchell L, Taylor MR. Biology: Concepts and Connections 6 th ed. Benjamin/Cummings. 2009. Course Overview: This course will meet the requirements for ACE Student Learning Outcome 4. Use scientific methods and knowledge of the natural and physical world to address problems through inquiry, interpretation, analysis, and the making of inferences from data , to determine whether conclusions or solutions are reasonable. BioSci 101 is intended for first year students who are not majoring in Biological Sciences. The ambitious purpose of this course is to provide you with a basic grounding in biology so that you can understand biology-related issues as the need arises. We will cover the extent of biology in a single session, which is a huge goal that is not possible if we cover everything in depth. Rather, we will examine the general concepts/problems and selected examples that can be applied to a variety of other situations. In this course you will learn the scientific method and how it is used. You will learn the difference between theory and hypothesis (and why neither is a guess). You will consider the interactions among the vast number of organisms that inhabit planet Earth; examine the basic form and function of these organisms (from cells to organ systems, from simple viruses to complex humans); delve into the interactions between organisms, as well as interactions between an organism and its environment; and look into how biotechnology is used to improve our health and daily lives. In the list of topics above, there are many serious problems that you will face in your lifetime. You will have the opportunity to learn about these topics and more importantly, learn to evaluate that knowledge. My goal is to make you an informed citizen so you will make intelligent decisions with regard to biological issues. Course Objectives and Outcomes: After completing this course you should have a basic understanding of: - biochemistry - the makeup and energetics of plant and animal cells - basic inheritance patterns - the basic classification of organisms - the form and function of microorganisms - the form and function of plants - the form and function of animals
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- the workings of human biological systems - biology as it relates to the Earth's environment By the end of this course you should be able to: - Explain how living things function on the molecular, cellular, genetic, and organismal level and how they interact with each other and the environment. - Relate biological concepts to your everyday lives and the world around you.
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