BIO 103 syllabus online final(2)-1

BIO 103 syllabus online final(2)-1 - BIOLOGY 103 Section...

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BIOLOGY 103 Section 229 - Basic Ideas of Biology Section 229: Summer 2 (6 Week) June 23 – Aug 4, 2011 SYLLABUS TIME Section 229 is ONLINE: go to: MyUK and log into Blackboard using your LINK BLUE username and password. PROFESSOR INFORMATION Professor : Brent Palmer Office : 204 Multidisciplinary Research Building 3 Phone : 257-5824 E-mail: bpalmer@uky.edu VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS Generally the fastest way to contact me is through e-mail. All e-mails must have “BIO 103” in subject line and must identify who you are by having your name somewhere in the message . I check my e-mail regularly during the day (M-F). E-mails received before 5pm on a weekday will be responded to on that day. E-mails received after 5pm will be responded to by 10am the following morning. E-mails received after 5pm on Friday will be responded to within 24 hours. For face-to-face or telephone appointments, e-mail me to set up a meeting time. OVERVIEW Biology 103 is an introductory biological science course designed for non-science majors. It satisfies the general education requirement for intellectual inquiry in the natural, physical and mathematical sciences. Science is a major human activity and influence in the world. Whether you are a scientist or not, science affects you - the way you live, the nature of your society, the way you think, and the way that you perceive the universe. Consequently, it is important that the non-scientist understand the nature of this activity called "science" and something of the subject matter with which science is involved. The biological sciences have become particularly important and newsworthy at the beginning of the 21st century given the research in and implications of environmental and biotechnology research. A scientifically literate citizen will need basic biological information and an understanding of how science operates to interpret news stories and make intelligent personal, economic, and political decisions. I hope you find this course challenging, exciting and interesting. I hope the topics pique your curiosity, enrich your understanding of science, intrigue you, and most of all, make you think! Life is all around you as well as within you. You are a part of the whole global web of life. In some ways, you are unique. In many ways, you share common features with all living things. We will explore the nature of science and life in this course. COURSE GOALS 1) To provide knowledge about -- a) The nature of science to include: its assumptions, characteristics, goals, and limitations; how models are built and modified to explain and predict natural phenomena; the distinction between scientific research and pseudoscience; and the difference and similarities of
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scholarship in science versus other fields of inquiry b) Biological concepts and terminology including facts, laws, and theories concerning characteristics of life, genetics, cell biology, physiology, evolution, behavior, ecology and conservation c) The historical development of biological ideas
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