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
Students require the following textbook that was previously used in BIOL 1113, and they may
have already purchased a printed copy with Mastering Biology access card (ISBN: 978-0134883847).
If students have not already purchased the textbook they will need to source the following
e-textbook on their own:
- Freeman, S., Quillin, K., Allison, L., Black, M., Podgorski, G., Taylor, E, Sharp, J. (2018).
Biological Science + Mastering Biology (3rd Cdn.ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.
Type: E-Textbook. ISBN: 9780134741710
Note: Mastering Biology is not required but strongly encourage and referred to throughout the
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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.
Note: The final exam for this course is only available as a paper exam and must be taken in
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with any questions.
|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.