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COURSE TITLE: Cellular Introduction to Biology
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heather Prior (lecture); Catherine Welke (lab)
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the structure and function of cells in organisms. Topics include the origin of life, the development of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, biological energy conversions, compartmentation of biochemical functions within the cell, inter- and intra-cellular communications. Molecular genetic analysis will be used to examine the control of cellular activities and their application in genetic engineering and biotechnology will be discussed.

Prerequisites: Biology 30 or Science 30 (Students who intend to use Science 30 as a prerequisite must consult with and have the consent of the instructor.)
  • Reece, J.B., Urry, L.A., Cain, ML., Wasserman, S.A., Minorsky, P.V., amd R.B. Jackson,
    Campbell Biology (Canadian edition), 2012. Pearson Canada, Inc. 
  • Wright, R. T., Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
  • Laboratory Manual Biology 210, Fall Term 2017, The King’s University
Midterm Exam I 16%
Midterm Exam II (non-cumulative) 19%
Final Exam (cumulative) 28%
Assignments/Quizzes 12%
Laboratory Mark 25%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • describe the chemical make-up of the cell, including cell structures and biological energy conversion processes.
  • describe the structure and transmission of genetic material.
  • describe the processes involved in the cellular expression of genetic information.
  • draw conclusions from the results of biological experiments, and articulate the limitations and significance of the findings.
  • discuss questions surrounding the origin of life.
  • begin to understand the nature of science and its relation to faith.
  • discuss ethical questions associated with biotechnology.
  • develop a respect and appreciation for the intricacies and complexities of the cellular component of God’s creation.
After completing the laboratory component of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate a practical understanding of concepts covered during lectures.
  • demonstrate appropriate use of basic biological laboratory techniques.
  • apply analytical skills to biological problems.
  • communicate and collaborate with peers and instructors while exploring and solving biological questions.
  • Sept. 5-8 Introduction to the course & Studying Life
  • Sept. 11-15 Chemistry of life & Cell membranes
  • Sept. 18-22 Membrane transport & Extracellular structure
  • Sept. 25-29 Intracellular structure
  • Oct. 2- 6 Cytoskeleton, Communication
  • Oct. 10-13 Communication & Energy
  • Oct. 16-20 Respiration
  • Oct. 23-27 Photosynthesis
  • Oct. 30-Nov.3 Mitosis, Cell cycle control
  • Nov. 6-8 Meiosis, Sexual Life Cycles, Mendel
  • Nov. 13-17 Chromosomal Inheritance
  • Nov. 20-24 Molecular basis of inheritance
  • Nov. 27-Dec.1 Gene expression
  • Dec. 4-8 Regulation of gene expression, Viruses, Prions
  • Lab orientation & microscopy
  • Cell structure 
  • Membrane structure & function 
  • Microbial cell enumeration 
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration 
  • Cell reproduction 
  • Life cycles 
  • Early development of the chick  

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