Biology is the study of life. This course introduces students to the study of cells, genetics, ecology and the 5 Kingdoms of Classification: Animalia, Plantae, Monera, Protista, and Fungi. Much time is spent with the Kingdom Animalia, doing a wide range of dissections with each group studied.
Students will know the six unifying themes of biology.
Students will know and apply the six characteristics that all living things share.
Students will know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry.
Students will know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt and change.
Students will know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment.
Students will know and apply concepts from Mendelian genetics.
Students will know and apply concepts genetics in terms of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of bacteria and viruses and tell how they are different.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of several species of the Kingdom Animalia and distinguish between them on the basis of their body systems.
The Science of Life
Themes of Biology
The World of Biology
Microscopy and Measurement
Structure and Function of the Cell
Introduction to the Cell
Parts of a Eukaryotic Cell
Homeostasis and Transport
Fundamentals of Genetics
Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
Study of inheritance
Species, Population, and Communities
Bacteria and Viruses
Specialization within the ecosystem
Structures of each
Bacteria and Humans
Viruses and Humans
Protists and Fungi
Structure and Functions
Benefits and Disadvantages
Importance of Plants
Vascular and Nonvascular
Structure and Function
Sponges and Cnidarians
Mollusks and Annelids
This class will be taught through lecture, laboratory, demonstrations, videos and computer software. The students have daily assignments and certain assignments set aside for group work.
There will be a project or lab that goes with each chapter for which the student will be required to participate. Some require a written paper, others require an oral presentation.
Daily assignments will be assessed on the basis of content. Each chapter there will be approximately as many points for daily assignments as there will be for the chapter test.
There will be a lab for almost every chapter we cover. The students will be graded on the basis of lab technique and skill as well as a lab write up for each. During the last quarter we will mainly spend time doing dissections for the labs. During these labs the students will also be assessed in the form of a lab practical.
There are several vocabulary terms that the students encounter in this class so there will be periodic vocabulary quizzes for a grade.
There will be a chapter test for most chapters covered. During the animal science portion, there will be two different units (vertebrates and invertebrates) for which there will be several sections in each unit. After each section the students will be given a large quiz, and upon the completion of the unit they will be given a unit test.
There is a biologist of the month assigned each month for which the students have the option to do research. If the student chooses to do this assignment it will be graded as extra credit. The biologists chosen have all received world-wide recognition for some area that relates to the field biology.
Biology, Miller & Levine, 2010.