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TERM: 2020-21 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 290 
COURSE TITLE: Biology Concepts and Connections
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Lecture: Dr Vern Peters
Lab: Dr Annerieke Wolmarans
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A survey of the fundamental concepts central to biology, with emphasis on equipping students to understand and respond to everyday life experiences. Examples will be drawn from the biology of health, genetics, and human interaction with the environment, and other current topics.

This course meets the King's Common Curriculum requirement for either recognizing creation's story, or for engaging the creation. The course does not meet major/concentration in biology.

REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise. 2013. Concepts of Biology. OpenStax, Houston, TX, USA. (https://openstax.org/books/concepts-biology/)
  • Biology 290 Laboratory Manual, Wolmarans. Fall 2020.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Assignments 30%
Quizzes 10%
Midterm 15%
Final exam 25%
Laboratory 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Since the course is designed to help see the discipline of biology as whole, we survey a wide variety of organisms across the kingdoms of life. The study of the marvellously created human body will however feature prominently, and often anchors our interest in the experience of being human. Our objectives will be to:
  • Investigate biology at many levels, from the molecular to the whole organism, including both anatomy and physiology
  • To examine the relationship between structure and function across groups of organisms.
  • To see the connections between health and homeostasis, using current topics.
LECTURE SCHEDULE:
  • Unit 1
    • Week 1 - Introduction Biology
    • Week 2 - Principles of structure and function
    • Week 3 - Photosynthesis
  • Unit 2
    • Week 4 - Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Unit 3
    • Week 5 - Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    • Week 6 - Unit Wrap-up and Review
  • Unit 4
    • Week 7 - Evolution and it's processes
    • Week 8 & 9 - Diversity of Life
  • Unit 5
    • Week 10 - Animal Structures, The Body Systems
    • Week 11 - The immune system and human reproduction
  • Unit 6
    • Week 12 - Ecology
    • Week 13 - Ecosystems & the biosphere
    • Week 14 - Conservation and Biodiversity


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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