BIOL121 Biological Principles I

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Biology

I. Course Number and Title
BIOL121 Biological Principles I
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
4500 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CHEM101 (C or better) or CHEM121 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Lecture-laboratory format to include in-class and/or online presentation of content material and participation in hands-on and/or virtual laboratory exercises. Topics are presented in various modes including, but not limited to, traditional lecture style, online presentation, group exercises, computer simulations, and/or online research.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a comprehensive introduction to molecular and cellular biology. Structure/function relations of macromolecules and cellular organelles are studied. Other topics include transformation of energy in plants (photosynthesis) and in other types of cells (cellular respiration), cellular reproduction (mitosis and meiosis), and Mendelian genetics.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to

      1. explain the molecular logic of cells: structural â€" functional relationships on molecules, organelles, and processes;
      2. describe the energy transformations that occur in photoautotrophs and chemoheterotrophs;
      3. explain the processes of mitosis and meiosis; and
      4. describe the transmission of genetic information within a cell and between generations.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)


    4. Not applicable.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. chemistry review
    2. macromolecules of the cell
    3. energy and enzymes
    4. cellular organization and function
    5. cell membrane: structure - function
    6. cellular metabolism
    7. photosynthesis
    8. cellular division: mitosis and meiosis
    9. mendelian genetics
    10. non-mendelian genetics
    11. molecular genetics
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. Exams, quizzes, laboratory exercises, reports and/or practicals, class participation, online activities and discussion, and projects as specified by the individual instructor’s course format will be utilized.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)


    4. Not applicable.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture, group, laboratory activities

Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 12/1998; Revised 6/09; Dept name change, 8/21/2012