Course Syllabus: Biology 101


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Course Description

 

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 Basics 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 a comprehensive review or a personalized tutor.

Course Requirements

Individuals should have basic biology knowledge before enrolling into Biology 101.
 
Universal Class offers a Introduction to Biology course (CRN: 7550425 http://biology101.onlineclasses.com).  
A basic knowledge of chemistry is also recommended. Universal Class offers Introduction to Chemistry and Chemistry 101.

Any aged learner is welcome and learners under the age of 13 should have parental supervision.

 

Course Topics

 

·       Introduction to the Study of Biology

·       Scientific Method

·       Characteristics of Living Things

·       The Role of Chemistry in Biology

·       Chemistry Basics

·       Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences

·       Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures

·       Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic Cells

·       Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology

·       Patterns of Inheritance

·       The Genetics of ABO and Rh Blood Groups

·       Molecular Genetics

·       How DNA and RNA Work

·       Why Genes Matter to You

·       Introduction to the Study of the Origins of Life

·       Fundamentals of Life Origins

·       Other Considerations in the Search of Life

·       The Development of an Evolutionary Principle: A Selective Overview of the History

·       How Evolution Works

·       Speciation

·       Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts

·       Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry

·       Why We're Here Today

·       Dynamics of Population

·       Human Population Dynamics

·       Ecosystem Structure

·       The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems

·       Major Ecosystems

·       Biochemical Cycles

·       Succession

·       Other Topics in Ecology

 

 

Course Materials

All course material is made available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson review assignment and/or multiple choice and T/F Quiz (each worth around 20-25 pts.)
 

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.

Learning Outcomes

By 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.
  • Know 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.
  • Know study of the origins of life.
  • Describe other considerations in the search of life.
  • Know 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.
  • Know biochemical cycles and succession, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Introduction to the Study of Biology Assignment25
Introduction to the Study of Biology Exam10
Scientific Method Assignment25
The Scientific Method Exam10
Characteristics of Living Things Assignment25
Characteristics of Living Things Exam10
The Role of Chemistry in Biology Assignment25
The Role of Chemistry in Biology Exam10
Chemistry Basics Assignment25
Chemistry Basics Exam10
Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences Assignment25
Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences Exam10
Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures Assignment25
Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures Exam10
Thermodynamics Assignment25
Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic Cells Exam10
Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology Assignment25
Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology Exam10
Patterns of Inheritance Assignment25
Patterns of Inheritance Exam10
Molecular Genetics Assignment25
Molecular Genetics Exam10
How DNA and RNA Work Assignment25
How DNA and RNA Work Exam10
Why Genes Matter to You Assignment25
Why Genes Matter to You Exam10
The Origins of Life Assignment25
Origins of Life Exam10
Fundamentals of Life Origins Assignment25
Fundamentals Exam10
Other Origins of Life Theories Assignment25
Other Considerations Exam10
MidTerm Exam75
The Development of an Evolutionary Principle Assignment25
The Development of an Evolutionary Principle Exam10
How Evolution Works Assignment25
How Evolution Works Exam10
Speciation Assignment25
Speciation Exam10
Evolutionary Concepts Assignment25
Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts Exam10
Modern Evolutionary Evidence Assignment25
Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry Exam10
Process of Evolution Assignment25
Why We're Here Today Exam10
Dynamics of Population Assignment20
Human Population Dynamics20
Ecosystem Structure Assignment25
Ecosystem Structure Exam10
The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems Assignment25
The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems Exam10
Ecosystems Assignment25
Major Ecosystems Exam10
Biochemical Cycles Assignment25
Biochemical Cycles Exam10
Succession Assignment25
Succession Exam10
Other Topics in Ecology Assignment25
Other Topics in Ecology Exam9
Final Exam60
Total Points:1154
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