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 most recent 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 bio¬logical topics such as diffusion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division, evolution and ecology.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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--Science, Chemistry, and the Structure of the Cell

Module 2 Cell Biology--Activities of the Cell

Module 3 Genetics

Module 4 Human Physiology and Anatomy 1

Module 5 Human Physiology and Anatomy 2

Laboratory Component

There are a total of 13 labs. The labs are included in the assignments and each requires a formal lab report.

Required text and materials

  1. Mader, S. S., & Windelspecht, M. (2020). Inquiry into life with Connect (16th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.<br> Type: Textbook: Bundle ISBN: 978-1-260-32777-9
  2. BIOL 0601 Lab Materials: 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, students 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

Assignment 1: The Structure of the Cell 15%
Assignment 2: Activities of the Cell 15%
Assignment 3: Genetics 15%
Assignment 4: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 15%
Assignment 5: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 15%
Final Exam (mandatory) 25%
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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