This course is designed for biology or science majors, and offers a survey of the kingdoms of
life, emphasizing their ecology and evolutionary relationships.
BIOL 1215, the laboratory component of BIOL 1213, is usually offered once per year in the
summertime in Kamloops BC.
- Discuss the mechanisms of evolution by natural selection.
- Explain our changing view of the evolutionary history of biological diversity.
- Discuss important processes and interactions leading to the structure of natural
communities, especially natural selection, population growth, competition, nutrient cycling, and
- Be familiar with the major ecosystems on land and in water.
- Critically discuss the role of humans as a force of change in the biosphere.
- Classify living organisms.
- Understand and articulate the principles and processes of scientific inquiry.
- Think critically about the principles of biology studied and communicate your thinking
clearly and concisely in speaking and in writing.
- Module 1: Evolution
- Module 2: Systematics and the Diversity of Life
- Module 3: Early Life and First Transitions to Land
- Module 4: Diversification of Life on Land and Sea
- Module 5: Ecology
- Module 6: Global Diversity and Climate
Required text and materials
This is a companion course to BIOL 1113, therefore, the textbook listed below would have been
provided to students in BIOL 1113.
- Freeman, S., Quillin, K., Allison, L., Black, M., Podgorski, G., Taylor, E, Sharp, J.
(2019). Biological science (3rd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.
Textbook, ISBN: 978-0134883847
If students have not already purchased the textbook for BIOL 1113, students will need to buy
these textbooks or contact Enrolment Services at email@example.com or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and
- Pechenik, J A. (2016). A short guide to writing about biology (9th ed.), Toronto, ON:
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780321984258
This resource may also be obtained at the email and phone numbers given above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 mandatory final examination.
|Assignment 1: Modules 1–2
|Assignment 2: Modules 3–4
|Assignment 3: Module 5
|Assignment 4: Module 6
|Final Examination (mandatory)
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.