Online Class: Biology 101
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Biology, the science of life, concentrates on the structure, function, distribution, adaptation, interactions, origins and evolution of living organisms, a grouping which encapsulates both plants and animals. Biology 101 will encompass the principles of biology that include the structure and function of the cell to the complexities of current Ecological issues. Topics will include: Methods of Biological Studies, Chemistry Fundamentals, Cell Biology, The Study of Genetics (Heredity and Molecular), Origin and Principles of Evolution, the Dynamics of Populations, Ecosystem Structures and other Ecology Topics.
This course is an excellent learning resource for the college or pre-college student. This logical and easy to understand class is divided into self-paced lessons, complimented with well-written text, diagrams, critical-thinking assignments and end of lesson review exams. This course is a wonderful, stand-alone resource covering all concepts in biology, and can also be used as a comprehensive review or a personalized tutor.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Study of BiologyBiology, the study of life in all its manifestations, initially focused mainly upon disease and its treatment.
Lesson 2: Scientific MethodAll through history, individuals have employed methodologies of science in their attempts to discover new facts about nature. It is generally accepted that science is based upon a productive kind of methodology called the scientific method.
Lesson 3: Characteristics of Living ThingsLife cannot be defined in such terms as weight, volume, or wavelength, nor can it be said that life is a liquid, solid, or gas. No doubt this baffling nature of life contributes in large measure to the fascination biology holds for many individuals.
Lesson 4: The Role of Chemistry in BiologyOne of the longest standing debates in biology is the question of whether proteins or nucleic acids came first in the evolution of the first forms of life.
Lesson 5: Chemistry BasicsTo start from the very beginning, the entire universe is made up of what are referred to as atoms.
Lesson 6: Biochemistry and other Bio-SciencesBiochemists focus solely on the chemical attributes of biology in trying to explain various biological phenomena, whereas biologists study biological systems more broadly.
Lesson 7: Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell StructuresThe term prokaryote ("before nucleus") currently is used in reference to bacteria and a group of simple photosynthetic cells called blue-green algae. Cells of all other organisms contain nuclei and are termed eukaryotes ("true nucleus").
Lesson 8: Energy Conversion in Eukaryotic CellsWhether potential energy is made available for work by a reaction, or work is done to transform some other kind of energy into potential energy, some energy is always lost in the process.
Lesson 9: Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic TerminologyThe observations of Gregor Mendel on heredity in the edible garden pea represent the first disciplined, analytical inquiry into the mechanism of inheritance.
Lesson 10: Patterns of InheritanceMendel was the first to present evidence for the existence of genes as particulate or material entities.
Lesson 11: Molecular GeneticsIt was in 1884 that Eduard Strasburger, Oscar Hertwig, and Walter Flemming first developed the idea that genetic material was carried in what are called chromosomes.
Lesson 12: How DNA and RNA WorkTranscription is the process by which RNA is created. As it has been previously stated, while DNA can self-replicate, RNA cannot.
Lesson 13: Why Genes Matter to YouYour genetic sequence is entirely unique. There is no one else in the world, nor has there been anyone in the history of the world, with the exact genetic sequence you have in your DNA.
Lesson 14: Introduction to the Study of the Origins of LifeThere are many different theories about the origin of life, ranging from life originating from spontaneous generation to life beginning in deep sea thermal vents or bacterial life arising from different parts of the universe.
Lesson 15: Fundamentals of Life OriginsThe theory of spontaneous generation proposes that life originated from inanimate matter other than seeds, eggs or parents.
Lesson 16: Other Considerations in the Search of LifeScientists always look for water when they search for life on Earth and in space.
Lesson 17: The Development of an Evolutionary Principle: A Selective Overview of the HistoryAristotle first developed his natural philosophy, the precursor to science.
Lesson 18: How Evolution WorksDarwin's concept of natural selection provided the framework for how evolution did not occur randomly.
Lesson 19: SpeciationWhen evolutionary changes become so substantial that, by comparative anatomy, two groups of one species become too distinct to be placed in the same category, this results in speciation.
Lesson 20: Accompanying Evolutionary ConceptsWhen a particular trait within an organism proves beneficial in the face of the pressures of natural selection, this is called adaptation.
Lesson 21: Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common AncestryGregor Mendel and the rise of the science of genetics was perhaps the greatest boost to evolutionary theorists, as the study of genetics provided an explanation of how evolution actually worked.
Lesson 22: Why We're Here TodayHuman beings evolved, just like every other organism on the planet, from ancestor organisms.
Lesson 23: Dynamics of PopulationWhen we talk about studying the dynamics of population, we're talking about quantifying the way population changes, both in the long and in the short term.
Lesson 24: Human Population DynamicsBecause humans are far more unpredictable, it's more difficult to predict human population growth and decline than it is to predict animal or plant population growth or decline.
Lesson 25: Ecosystem StructureStudying the relationship between organisms and their abiotic environment helps us understand different kinds of adaptational processes.
Lesson 26: The Flow of Energy in EcosystemsWhen describing good webs, we must make some boundary to the system of interest, otherwise the entire planet will be united in a single web.
Lesson 27: Major EcosystemsThis lesson explores the major ecosystems; marine, aquatic, estuarine, and terrestrial.
Lesson 28: Biochemical CyclesAs energy flows through a food web, it is involved in chemical reactions at each trophic level, whereby atoms are combined, separated, and recombined.
Lesson 29: SuccessionIf left alone, the fresh scar of bare earth left by a landslip will gather a mantle of green as grasses and herbs sprout.
Lesson 30: Other Topics in EcologyMankind has introduced harmful elements into our ecological environment.
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Course Title: Biology 101Course Number: 7550569Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: General EducationCEU Value: 3.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsCourse URL: biology.onlineclasses.comInstructor: April GravesSyllabus: View SyllabusCourse Review: Read Editorial ReviewRequirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the study of biology.
- Define scientific method.
- Define characteristics of living things.
- Define the role of chemistry in biology.
- Describe chemistry basics.
- Summarize biochemistry and other bio-sciences.
- Recognize the comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures.
- Describe energy conversion in eukaryotic cells.
- Define Mendel's Laws and modern genetic terminology.
- Describe patterns of inheritance.
- Describe molecular genetics how DNA and RNA work.
- Determine why genes matter to you.
- Summarize study of the origins of life.
- Describe other considerations in the search of life.
- Summarize the development of an evolutionary principle.
- Describe how evolution works.
- Define speciation.
- Describe dynamics of population.
- Identify human population dynamics.
- Describe ecosystem structure.
- Define major ecosystems.
- Summarize biochemical cycles and succession, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Introduction to the Study of Biology Assignment Assignment 25 Introduction to the Study of Biology Exam Exam 10 Scientific Method Assignment Assignment 25 The Scientific Method Exam Exam 10 Characteristics of Living Things Assignment Assignment 25 Characteristics of Living Things Exam Exam 10 The Role of Chemistry in Biology Assignment Assignment 25 The Role of Chemistry in Biology Exam Exam 10 Chemistry Basics Assignment Assignment 25 Chemistry Basics Exam Exam 10 Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences Assignment Assignment 25 Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences Exam Exam 10 Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures Assignment Assignment 25 Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures Exam Exam 10 Thermodynamics Assignment Assignment 25 Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic Cells Exam Exam 10 Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology Assignment Assignment 25 Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology Exam Exam 10 Patterns of Inheritance Assignment Assignment 25 Patterns of Inheritance Exam Exam 10 Molecular Genetics Assignment Assignment 25 Molecular Genetics Exam Exam 10 How DNA and RNA Work Assignment Assignment 25 How DNA and RNA Work Exam Exam 10 Why Genes Matter to You Assignment Assignment 25 Why Genes Matter to You Exam Exam 10 The Origins of Life Assignment Assignment 25 Origins of Life Exam Exam 10 Fundamentals of Life Origins Assignment Assignment 25 Fundamentals Exam Exam 10 Other Origins of Life Theories Assignment Assignment 25 Other Considerations Exam Exam 10 MidTerm Exam Exam 75 The Development of an Evolutionary Principle Assignment Assignment 25 The Development of an Evolutionary Principle Exam Exam 10 How Evolution Works Assignment Assignment 25 How Evolution Works Exam Exam 10 Speciation Assignment Assignment 25 Speciation Exam Exam 10 Evolutionary Concepts Assignment Assignment 25 Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts Exam Exam 10 Modern Evolutionary Evidence Assignment Assignment 25 Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry Exam Exam 10 Process of Evolution Assignment Assignment 25 Why We're Here Today Exam Exam 10 Dynamics of Population Assignment Assignment 20 Human Population Dynamics Assignment 20 Ecosystem Structure Assignment Assignment 25 Ecosystem Structure Exam Exam 10 The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems Assignment Assignment 25 The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems Exam Exam 10 Ecosystems Assignment Assignment 25 Major Ecosystems Exam Exam 10 Biochemical Cycles Assignment Assignment 25 Biochemical Cycles Exam Exam 10 Succession Assignment Assignment 25 Succession Exam Exam 10 Other Topics in Ecology Assignment Assignment 25 Other Topics in Ecology Exam Exam 9 Final Exam Exam 60 Total Points: 1154