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.
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
- Describe basic structure of genes and proteins
- Explain how genetic material is transmitted in living organisms from one generation to the
- 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
- 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
Required text and materials
- 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
- Pechenik, J A. (2016). A short guide to writing about biology (9th ed.), Toronto, ON:
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780321984258
Students require a computer with Internet access and headphones or computer speakers.
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
|Assignment 2: Modules 3–4
|Assignment 3: Module 5
|Assignment 4: Module 6
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.