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BIOL 0601: Provincial Biology

Note: Students who complete BIOL 0601 will meet the ABE Provincial Level (Grade 12) learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the 2021/22 BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions - An Articulation Handbook, including a completion of a minimum of seven labs.

This provincial-level course in human biology is equivalent to Grade 12 biology and one of the optional science courses that may be used to meet the requirements of the Adult Secondary Graduation Diploma awarded by the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education. Topics include cell biology, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, human anatomy and physiology, and genetics. The course imparts an understanding and appreciation for the way scientific knowledge is obtained and organized, so that students can apply these methods to everyday life. This course is concerned primarily with human biology (circulation, the heart, immunity, the nervous system, genetics, etc.), although there are several textbook chapters concerned with biological topics such as diffusion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division, evolution and ecology.

Learning outcomes

  • Define fundamental biology concepts and terminology
  • Describe the methodology of a controlled experiment
  • Explain the necessity of performing experiments in order to acquire specific knowledge
  • Apply basic biological concepts to everyday problems

Course topics

  • Module 1: Cell Biology 1
  • Module 2: Cell Biology 2
  • Module 3: Body Systems 1
  • Module 4: Body Systems 2

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for the course

  1. Human Biology (2020), adaptation by Christine Miller
    (CC-BY-SA) Retrieved from:
  2. BIOL 0601 Lab Kit: Contains microscope slides, scientific materials (such as pH and glucose-test strips), dialysis tubing needed for the laboratory exercises in this course.
  3. Pocketscope microscope
  4. Clear plastic ruler that can measure millimetres


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam

Module 1 Assignments 15%
Module 2 Assignments 15%
Module 3 Assignments 15%
Module 4 Assignments 15%
Quizzes 12%
Forums 5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 23
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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