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General Biology (Majors) I
Course: BIO181

First Term: 2011 Fall
Lecture   4.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: The study and principles of structure and function of organisms at the molecular and cellular levels. A detailed exploration of the chemistry of life, the cell, and genetics.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe and apply the scientific method to solve problems in biological context. (I)
2. Describe the characteristics of life. (I)
3. Identify the basic parts of atoms and describe how they influence chemical characteristics. (II)
4. Analyze the relationships between the structure and functions of the four kinds of organic molecules found in living things. (II)
5. Identify the parts of a cell and describe their structure and functions. (III)
6. Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. (III)
7. Describe cellular transport, membrane structure, and membrane functions. (IV)
8. Describe the laws of thermodynamics, energy processes, and enzymes as they relate to biology. (V)
9. Explain the purpose and components of cellular respiration. (V)
10. Explain the purpose and components of photosynthesis. (V)
11. Describe the biological processes of mitosis, meiosis, DNA duplication, and protein synthesis. (V)
12. Compare Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics and use problem solving to predict the outcome of genetic crosses. (VI)
13. Describe gene regulation and effectively analyze the various biotechnological applications. (VI)
14. Describe the genetic basis of development. (VI)
15. Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory safety skills and procedures. (I-VII)
16. Practice principles of scientific method while conducting laboratory activities and experiments. (I-VII)
17. Perform laboratory activities using relevant laboratory equipment, chemical reagents, and supplies to observe biological specimens, to measure variables, and to design and conduct experiments. (I-VII)
18. Operate light microscopes, prepare wet-mount slides, and use stains. (III, VI, VII)
19. Exhibit ability to use pipettes and other volumetric measuring devices, chemical glassware, balances, pH meters or test papers, spectrophotometers, and separation techniques, such as chromatography and/or electrophoresis to perform activities relevant to other course competencies. (I-VII)
20. Develop graphing skills manually and/or by using appropriate computer software. (I, IV, VI, VII)
21. Calculate and make molar and/or percent solutions of varying concentrations. (I, II, V, VII)
22. Analyze and report data generated during laboratory activities and experiments. (I, V, VI, VII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Fundamentals of Biological Science
   A. Biology
   B. Characteristics of life
   C. Evolution of life
   D. Scientific method
II. Basic Chemistry
   A. Atom structure
   B. Bonds and reactions
   C. Molecules
   D. Organic molecules
III. Cells
   A. Prokaryotic
   B. Eukaryotic
   C. Viruses
IV. Membranes
   A. Structure
   B. Functions
      1. Recognition
      2. Transport
V. Cellular Processes
   A. Energy
      1. Laws of thermodynamics
         a. 1st
         b. 2nd
      2. Energy processes
   B. Enzymes
   C. Photosynthesis
      1. Purpose
      2. Components
   D. Cellular respiration
      1. Purpose
      2. Components
   E. DNA duplication
   F. Protein synthesis
   G. Mitosis
   H. Meiosis
   I. Fission
VI. Genetics
   A. Mendelian and non-Mendelian
   B. Crosses
   C. Mutation
   D. Gene regulation
   E. Biotechnological applications
   F. Genetic control of development
VII. Laboratory Activities/Experiments
   A. Procedures/scientific method
   B. Safety
   C. Equipment, reagents, and supplies
      1. Light microscopes
      2. Wet-mount slides
      3. Volumetric measuring devices
      4. Glassware
      5. pH meters/test papers
      6. Stains
      7. Spectrophotometers
      8. Separation techniques
      9. Other
   D. Graphing
      1. Manual
      2. Computerized
   E. Solutions
      1. Calculation
      2. Development
   F. Data generation
      1. Analysis
      2. Reporting
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  3/22/2011

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