BIOL 1115: Biology Laboratory I
In this five-day lab course, students perform experiments that illustrate the principles
learned in BIOL 1113.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Use and understand the scientific method to study various biological processes.
- Use laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, glassware, spectrophotometers, and staining
reagents, with care and proficiency.
- Learn to observe both microscopic and macroscopic details relating to structure and
- Learn to recognize and classify cells as prokaryotic versus eukaryotic, both plant and
- Learn the basic structure of DNA, RNA and proteins through use of models.
- Learn the processes of replication, transcription and translation.
- Learn the stages and characteristics used to identify each stage of mitosis and
- Learn the difference between karyotypes of males and females.
- Understand the causes and consequences of chromosome abnormalities and resulting
- Understand the basic Mendelian genetics (dominant and recessive characteristics and
co-dominance) through monohybrid and dihybrid crosses.
- Understand sex-linked traits and how to analyze human pedigrees.
- Understand the light reaction of photosynthesis by creating the absorbance spectra and
action spectra of various plant pigments.
- Lab 1: The Scientific Method
- Lab 2: The Microscope
- Lab 3: Cell Structure
- Lab 4: Membrane Structure and Function
- Lab 5: Part A - DNA Structure & Protein Synthesis and Part B - DNA Extraction: A
Comparison Between Different Fruits and Vegetables
- Lab 6: Mitosis, Meiosis, and Chromosomes
- Lab 7: Genetics
- Lab 8: Photosynthesis
Required text and materials
Students will be required to print their own laboratory manual prior to their first day in
class. Other supplies will be provided during the lab. For safety reasons, students must wear
closed shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the labs.
- Freeman, Harrington & Sharp. Biological Science with Mastering Biology Access
Code. 3rd Cdn. Edition. Pearson Canada, (2019).
Type: Textbook, ISBN:
Note: Any edition of the textbook used in BIOL 1113 will be helpful for reference.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the mandatory Final Laboratory Exams and obtain a grade of 50% overall.
Students cannot miss more than two lab sessions or an incomplete grade will be assigned.
For safety orientation reasons, students are required to attend the first lab session.
|Scientific Method Lab Report (homework)
|Quiz #1 (Scientific Method and Microscope)
|Quiz #2 (Cells, Membrane Structure and Function)
|Quiz #3 (DNA, Protein synthesis, Mitosis and Meiosis)
|Genetics questions (homework)