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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.
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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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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.
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|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|
|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|
|Other Origins of Life Theories Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Other Considerations Exam||Exam||10|
|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|
|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|
|Major Ecosystems Exam||Exam||10|
|Biochemical Cycles Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Biochemical Cycles Exam||Exam||10|
|Other Topics in Ecology Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Other Topics in Ecology Exam||Exam||9|
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