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BIOL 1113: Principles of Biology

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

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

Learning outcomes

  • 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 topics

  • 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

The following materials are required for this course:

  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


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.

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 (mandatory) 50%
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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