BIOL 0501
General Biology

0 Credit

Note: Students who complete BIOL 0501 will meet the ABE Advanced Level (Grade 11) Biology learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia’s Public Post-Secondary Institutions – An Articulation Handbook at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/post-secondary-education/adult-education/2016-17_abe_guide.pdf

Description

This course is equivalent to Biology 11. The general aims of this course are to give a basic understanding of biological processes and to introduce a number of fundamental biological terms. To begin, students review the scientific method, microscope use, and basic cell biology. They then consider the evolution of biological diversity. As they explore the diversity of life, students progress from microbes to plants and animals, learning from observation in labs and neighbourhood field trips as well as from the excellent textbook and online resources. Finally they apply their biology skills to ecology.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.

Prerequisites

Science 10 or its equivalent.

Recommended: English reading skills at Grade 11 level

Objectives

The intended outcome of this course is for students as a conscientious student, to be as well prepared for further education and decision making as typical students who have completed other secondary school and adult basic education courses at the Biology 11 level, as expressed in the following sources:

  • "Biology: Advanced Level" in the A.B.E. in B.C. Articulation Handbook B.C. Articulation Handbook and "Applied Biology: Advanced Level" in the Adult Applied Academics Advanced Level Integrated Resource Package
  • "Biology 11 Prescribed Learning Outcomes" in the B.C. Ministry of Education Biology 11 and 12 Integrated Resource Package

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Biology and Scientific the Scientific Method
  • Lab 1: Scientific Method
  • Module 2: Microscopes and Cells
  • Lab 2: Microscopes and Cells
  • Module 3: Evolution
  • Lab 3: Evolution and Speciation
  • Module 4: Viruses and Classification
  • Lab 4: Classification and Microbes
  • Module 5: Biodiversity - Plants and Fungi
  • Lab 5: Plant Anatomy and Structure and Fungus Structure
  • Module 6: Biodiversity - Animals
  • Lab 6: Observing Animal Diversity
  • Module 7: Ecology
  • Lab 7: Field Trip (Ecology)

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Campbell, N., Simon, E., Dickey, J., & Reece, J. Essential biology with physiology . 5th Edition. San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings, 2016.
    Type: ISBN: 9780-321-96750-3

This is the main textbook for the course. It includes access to the online Study Area in MasteringBiology; the student access code is on an access code card at the front of the book.

  1. Denning, D. Grizzly bear biology student guide. Victoria, BC: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, 1998.

KONUS Slide Set (Science Kit #20)

PocketScope

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet, Apple QuickTime 6.5 and FlashPlayer 7, is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

Assessment

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% on the course overall.

Assignment 1: Biology and Scientific Method 3%
Assignment 2: Microscopes and Cells 8%
Assignment 3: Evolution and Speciation 7%
Assignment 4: Classification and Microbes 7%
Assignment 5: Biodiversity - Plants and Fungi 11%
Assignment 6: Biodiversity - Animals 14%
Assignment 7: Ecology 10%
Final Examination 40%
Total 100%