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BIOL 103/3.0 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems 

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    BCHM (core) / BIMA (core) / BIOL (core) / BIPS (core) / BMCO (core) / BTEC (core) / EBIO (core) / ENSC (specialisation option) / ELSC (core) / ETOX (core) / GEOL (option) / LISC (core) / PSYC (supporting) / Con-Ed Teaching Subject (Science-Biology)
Course Instructors: Dr Simon Coppard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   RECOMMENDATION: BIOL 102/3.0. 4U Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent high school background, are also highly recommended.

Dr. Coppard created a learning environment that motivated student learning, as well as advocated for their success. His lectures encouraged engagement and thinking beyond the required content.

 CHRISTINA, FIRST YEAR STUDENT, BISC 

Course Highlights:

Fully comprehensive. Understand how life works. This course spans organizational levels, from organisms to ecosystems, with a strong evolutionary theme.

Biology is a field that is constantly evolving. Discuss the most up to date technologies and recent scientific discoveries in class.

The small class size at the BISC affords a great opportunity to provide a tailored learning environment in Biology with inquiry based labs and classes that promote active learning.

2019 Lab2

BIOL 103/3.0 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems 

The origins and diversification of multicellular organisms, their form, function and adaptation to stress and a changing world. Themes and case studies include energy flow from molecules to ecosystems, organismal interactions including parasitism and disease dynamics, and the impacts of human activity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the roles of the major physiological systems in diverse animals and how they are regulated through electrical and chemical signals to achieve change or maintain homeostasis.
  • Explain the structure and function of nerves and muscles, and how they contribute to physiological processes.
  • Articulate the role of physiological systems and processes in disease and dysfunction.
  • Compare the nature of interactions between organisms at the level of the population, the community and the ecosystem.
  • Discuss the mechanisms by which evolution generates biological diversity, and how this is important for ecosystem health.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of previous Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include a trip to the Knepp Estate rewilding project in West Sussex and Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.

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