BIOL 0501

General Biology

0 Credits

Note: Students who complete BIOL 0501 will meet the ABE Advanced Level (Grade 11) 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.


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 Methods

Online, self-paced.


Science 10 or its equivalent.

Recommended Requisites

English reading skills at Grade 11 level

Exclusion Requisites

BIOL 0500


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 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)

Course Duration

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 Mastering Biology; the student access code is on an access code card at the front of the book.

KONUS Slide Set (Science Kit #20)


Additional Requirements

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

Open Learning Faculty Member

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.


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%

* Mandatory