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KASKASKIA COLLEGE

BIOL 101 – BIOLOGY

I.      COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Cellular and Molecular Biology.  An introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function, and processes. Laboratory required.

II.     CREDIT:

4 Credit Hours (3 Lecture and 2 Laboratory)

III.    PREREQUISITES:

None

IV.   COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1. To provide a strong foundation of biological concepts or principles, and apply      them.

2. To develop an understanding of the scientific method.

3. To understand the organization of living organisms.

4. To explore the uniqueness, diversity, and interrelationships of living organisms.

5. To discuss current events in the field of biology and how they may affect our future      or improve our quality of life.

V.    LEARNER OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:  

1. Describe the steps of scientific inquiry and its application.

2. Describe the chemical basis of life.

3. Explain cellular organization, structure, function, and metabolism.

4. Explain both the unity and diversity of life through its levels of organization and      taxonomic categories.

5. Summarize and explain the importance and mechanisms of biological processes      such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

6. Describe the events, dynamics, and examples of cellular division while comparing     eukaryotes and prokaryotes.

7. Apply Mendel’s principles of genetics.

8. Explain the structure and function of DNA.

9. Discuss the role of science in today’s society and the importance of ethics in     scientific research.

VI.   MATERIALS REQUIRED:

Biology: Concepts and Connections (w/CD-ROM), Campbell et al., Addison Wesley Publishers.

Laboratory Handouts.

VII.   COURSE OUTLINE:

        A. Introduction to Biology

            1. Nature of Biological Inquiry

            2. Organization

            3. Classification of Living Organisms

        B. Chemical Basis of Life

            1. Organization of Matter

            2. Chemical Bonds

            3. pH Scale

            4. Major Organic Molecules

        C. Cellular Basis of Life

            1. Cellular Structure and Function

            2. Plasma Membrane

            3. Transport

        D. Metabolism and Energy

            1. Forms of Energy

            2. Laws of Thermodynamics

            3. ATP

            4. Enzymes

        E. Photosynthesis

            1. Electromagnetic Spectrum and Photons

            2. Light-Dependent and Light Independent Reactions of Photosynthesis

            3. C3, C4 and CAM Plants

        F. Cellular Respiration

            1. Glycolysis

            2. Krebs Cycle

            3. Electron Transport System

            4. Fermentation

        G. Continuity of Life

            1. Cell Cycle

            2. Chromosome Structure

            3. Cellular Reproduction Stages and Events

            4. Mitosis vs. Meiosis

        H. Principles of Inheritance

            1. Mendelian Genetics

            2. Variations to Mendel’s Studies

            3. Human Genetics

          I. DNA and RNA

            1. Discovery of Genetic Material

            2. Structure and Function of DNA

            3. Protein Synthesis

            4. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering

         J. Principles of Evolution

        K. Ecology and Behavior 

VIII.  COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Attendance in lecture and laboratory is expected to successfully complete the course.  Missed  assignments, laboratories,  quizzes, or finals will not be made up.  All assignments must be turned in on time.  Keep returned assignments and record of your grade throughout the semester.

Your instructor will give you a tentative schedule for the lecture tests.  Additional homework or classroom assignments may be given by an instructor;  the point value will then be added to the total points for the class.  In lab or lecture, you will be given at least 12 quizzes or assignments throughout the semester unless otherwise stated by your instructor.  Your top 10 scores will be used to determine your total out of a possible 100 points. Be prepared for a quiz or assignments each session.  

Our goal is to keep a challenging, relaxed, learning environment that enhances each student’s potential.  It is each student’s responsibility to utilize class time, speak softly during group activities, and address others in the class in both a polite and professional manner.  Also, cell phones are not to ring or be out during class or laboratory time.   

If you feel you need any special accommodations because of a documented disability or have other concerns, please contact counseling at 545-3060 and your instructor.

Synopsis:  Brief summary of current articles.  Each synopsis should be at least 20 complete typed sentences.  Summarize and include your opinion of the article while indicating its relevance to this course.  You must clearly identify the article by title, journal name, date, volume #  and page #.  A copy of the article must be turned in with each typed synopsis.  Your instructor will provide dates for completion.

Other:  In addition to lecture tests, laboratory exercises and a comprehensive final, your end of the semester grade may include individual research, group projects, participation, quizzes, assignments, online assignments, and service learning activities.  Your instructor will give you more information, guidelines, and dates later in the semester.

IX.   METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Lecture Exams ……………………………………………………………….……

Laboratory, Quizzes, and Assignments …………………………………………

Other ………………………………………………………………….……………

Comprehensive Lecture Final …………………………………………………... 

Total Points …………………………………………………………………….… 

1. If you are absent, late, or have to leave early for any reason, it is your responsibility to find out what material, handouts or assignments were missed.  However, if points were missed, you will not have the opportunity to make them up.  You must be present for lecture final and in class activities or scores will result in a zero.

2. Complete your own work (if suspected of cheating, grade will result in a zero), turn assignments in on time (beginning of class when collected by instructor), use pencil on lab exercises, practice lab safety and use equipment with care.

3. Students will not receive points for late or missed work.  If given, make-up lecture exam (limit 1) will be penalized 10% and will be completed (within one week from original test date) on the day of your return.

4. Please see your instructor  for any additional questions or concerns.

5. Your grade will be figured on the following scale:

90 - 100 % = A (excellent)                               60 - 69 %   = D (below average)

80 -  89 %  = B (above average)                    below 60% = F (failing)

70 -  79 %  = C (average/satisfactory)

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