Instructor: Dr Sarah McKenzie
An introduction to the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from molecules to cells in an evolutionary context.
Available Fall 2018.
RECOMMENDATION 4U Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent high school background, are highly recommended.
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.
- 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
There will be two ELOs that contribute to the learning outcomes of the course. Details to be confirmed.
Round Table discussions - 10%
2 Quizzes - 20%
Lab assignments - 25%
Class participation - 10%
Final Exam - 35%