BIOL 102/3.0 Introductory Biology of Cells
Biology is the study of life, from microscopic molecules inside a cell to the largest plants and animals on earth. New discoveries in biology are being made every day, which can revolutionise our understanding of how life works. This course introduces the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from molecules to cells in an evolutionary context. The course uses the blended learning technique, allowing students to control their learning experience. A number of practical laboratory sessions enable hands-on experience and roundtable discussions allow exploration of highly topical issues and experiential learning opportunities.
By the end of this course successful students will be able to:
- Explain and interpret how major macromolecules of living organisms interrelate to create cellular function, diversity and evolution;
- Explain and interpret how cells function normally, respond to environmental signals and propagate the next generation;
- Explain and interpret how genes work to facilitate life and inheritance and apply this knowledge to scientific experimentation and molecular biotechnologies
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Examples of previous ELOs for this course include a visit to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and a guided tour of the Natural History Museum in London.