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Introductory Biology of Organisms
An introduction to the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from organisms to ecosystems in an evolutionary context.
This course is intended primarily for students in biological and life sciences, for those considering pursuing careers in the health sciences/medical sector, and those with a general interest in Biology and plans to take further Biology courses. The Biology Department at Queen’s has two other courses, BIOL110 and BIOL111, that are intended for students who plan to take only one or two Biology courses.
This course may be used by Queen’s students towards the degree requirements of programs in the biological and life sciences. Students from other institutions pursuing chemistry, biochemistry, or similar programs should check with their home institution regarding the suitability of this course towards their degree programs.
BIOL 103 Online has a significant level of interaction with the instructor and TAs to help students master the course material.
|Two Virtual Labs||20%|
|One Group Assignment||20%|
|Three RoundTable Assignments||15%|
|Proctored Final Exam||30%|
On successful completion of this course, students will have learned to:
- Identify and describe the major physiological systems of animals
- Describe diversity in physiological processes between animals
- Describe how animals control the exchange of ions, water, nutrients and gases with the environment
- Describe the structure and role of nerves and muscles in animal function
- Describe how chemical and electrical signals control physiological function
- Describe how animals reproduce
- Describe the basis of immunity
- Describe the basis of animal behaviour
- Discuss the nature of interactions between organisms at level of the population, the community and the ecosystem
- Discuss the importance of biological diversity in ecosystem dynamics
Topics covered in this course include
- Animal Form and Function
- Ion, Water and Nutrient Balance – Water and electrolyte balance in animals and animal nutrition
- Gas Exchange and Circulation
- Nerves and Muscles
- Endocrine Signalling
- Immune System
- Evolutionary Processes and Patterns
- Evolutionary Processes
- Speciation and the History of Life
- Animal Behaviour
- Population and Community Ecology
- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Required Textbooks and Labs
Biological Science, Second Canadian Edition by Freeman
Print Case studies
Custom case studies (required for course assignments
MasteringBiology - Moodle Access Code
MasteringBiology Access Code Card
PLEASE NOTE: You must purchase your access code from the Queen’s University Campus Bookstore. This is a custom access code for your course at Queen’s University. Access codes purchased elsewhere will not allow you to register for your course.
The following materials are available from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:
The Course Guide contains the overall directions and lecture notes needed to complete the course. Beginning the first day of term, students registered in the course will be able to access course materials in Moodle in a format suitable for online reading or printing, for purchase in a printed package from Queen's Campus Bookstore for a nominal charge.
- Course Guide packages for most courses are available at the Bookstore about two weeks before the beginning of term.
You should feel free to use other sources and biology textbooks for reference but the examinable material comes from the Required Textbook (Freeman) and Unit Notes
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 125 hours on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.
Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.