BIOL 1113

Principles of Biology

3.0 Credits

Description

This course is designed for biology or science majors. Students examine the molecular basis of cellu¬lar processes including energy transfer and the storage and use of genetic information.

BIOL 1115, the optional laboratory component of BIOL 1113, is usually offered once per year in the summertime in Kamloops BC.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.

Recommended Requisites

Chemistry 11
Biology 11 with a score of C+ or better
Biology 12 with a score of C+ or better
Students majoring in science or intending to take 2nd year biology courses should take BIOL 1113, its companion course BIOL 1213 and the two laboratory courses BIOL 1115 and BIOL 1215.

Exclusions

BIOL 1110
BIOL 1311

Objectives

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

  • Discuss the properties that define life
  • Trace the history of biological study
  • Describe the relationship between the structure and function of macromolecules
  • Discuss the major features of cell structure and function
  • Explain processes that keep cells alive and discuss the cell cycle
  • Discuss how cells make and use energy and the methods by which cellular activities are coordinated
  • Describe basic structure of genes and proteins
  • Explain how genetic material is transmitted in living organisms from one generation to the next.
  • Describe how DNA replicates and repairs itself, encodes for proteins, and contributes to the organization and control of eukaryotic genomes
  • Describe how basic genetic and cellular mechanisms control the development of multicellular organs from single cells
  • Articulate the principles and processes of scientific inquiry
  • Think critically about the principles of biology studied and communicate your thinking clearly and concisely in writing
  • Appreciate the contributions of Canadian research to international scientific advancement

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: The Macromolecules of Life
  • Module 3: In and Around Cells
  • Module 4: The Life of Cells
  • Module 5: From Genes to Proteins
  • Module 6: From Genes to Whole Organisms

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Freeman, S., Quillin, K., Allison, L., Black, M., Podgorski, G., Taylor, E, Sharp, J. (2019). Biological science (3rd Cdn. ed.), plus mastering biology with Pearson eText – access card package. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0134883847
  1. Pechenik, J A. (2016). A short guide to writing about biology (9th ed.), Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780321984258

Additional Requirements

Students require a computer with Internet access and headphones or computer speakers.

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 at the start of the course.

Assessments

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: Modules 1–2 12.5%
Assignment 2: Modules 3–4 12.5%
Assignment 3: Module 5 12.5%
Assignment 4: Module 6 12.5%
Final Examination* 50%
Total 100%

*Mandatory