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BIOL133 - General Biology I with Lab

Course Details

Course Code: BIOL133 Course ID: 4627 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides a foundational basis for the study of basic biology. It is the first in a two-part biology series that is designed for students who intend to complete a degree that requires a majors-level biology course. Topics in in this course include an introduction to the molecular basis of life, biology of the cell, genetic and molecular biology, evolution and diversity of life on Earth. The laboratory portion of this course will include hands-on as well as virtual laboratories that complement the topics and concepts covered in the lecture component. Some of the laboratory activities require the use of glass or sharp laboratory instruments; therefore, students must have a safe work area available to perform laboratory activities. Students must also have room temperature storage available in order to maintain laboratory materials and specimens and access to very hot or boiling water. In addition, students must be able to document their laboratory work using still pictures and/or video.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 09/22/19 Spring 2019 Session C 16 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 10/20/19 Summer 2019 Session A 16 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 11/24/19 Summer 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Identify the levels of organization of life, its diversity and the processes by which life has achieved its present form.
  • CO-2: Explain the importance of the biochemical building blocks and water.
  • CO-3: State energy pathways such as photosynthesis, respiration, and overall cellular metabolism.
  • CO-4: Explain scientific literacy by discussing real life applications of biology in the form of case studies.
  • CO-5: Identify the basic cell and its processes of mitosis and meiosis.
  • CO-6: Summarize the mechanisms of inheritance and the process by which protein and DNA are synthesized.
  • CO-7: Recall the various examples of life on earth including prokaryotes, viruses and protists.
  • CO-8: Demonstrate the role of the student-scientist to the public regarding the relevant and topical scientific issues.

Reading Assignments: There are weekly readings as described in the course outline, below. These readings are based out of the text, or will be provided to students within the resource tab in the electronic classroom.

Forum Assignments:

Evaluation/Grading of your Forum Assignment
Postings will be evaluated on their quality and the degree to which the postings promote discussion. Participation in all Forums is required. Points are allocated as follows based on the original posting and replies (Total of 100 points).

NOTE: Initial and reply posts submitted after the scheduled due dates may be assessed a penalty according to the late policy in the syllabus.

Initial Post (40 possible points)

  • The post is on topic, clearly related to the thread, and addresses all components of the assignment with significant depth, analysis, and clarity.
  • The post is approximately 250-350 words long and written in your own words.

Reply Posts (30 possible points)

  • Reply to at least two of your classmates’ original posts with responses that are on topic, clearly related to the thread, and further the discussion of the original comment. For example, ask an interesting and related question, or share relevant information on the topic.
  • The post is approximately 100-200 words long and written in your own words.
  • Please reply early enough in the week to allow time for your classmates and instructor to respond.

Creates Conversation and Community (15 possible points)

  • Respond to follow-up questions and comments posted to your initial post by your classmates and instructor during the week.
  • All posts are written in a constructive and respectful tone.

Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 possible points)

  • All posts accurately apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly (including spelling).
  • Posts include background information based on credible sources of scientific information, where applicable, to support discussion. *
  • All sources used are attributed to the original author with a citation or URL so that your classmates and instructor can locate and view the source. *
  • If a post is based on an opinion, the post offers a well phrased and thought out position.

*Please review Academic Honesty Policies.

Formative Assessments/Homework Assignments: Each week students will complete formative assessments that are designed to help students review and revise the material for the given week. Assessments will have multiple formats, which may include matching, true/false, short answer, and multiple choice. These assessments can be done 2 times, and students will receive nominal credit for each assessment upon completion.

Exams: There will be four exams throughout this course, during Weeks 4, 8, 12 and 16. Exams will be open book, open note. Different exams will be weighted differently depending upon the number of chapters or supplemental readings covered. The exams will mostly include application questions in multiple formats, including multiple choice as well as short answer.

  • Exam 1 will cover six chapters.
  • Exam 2 will cover five chapters.
  • Exam 3 will cover four chapters.
  • Exam 4 will cover five chapters. Therefore, Exam 4 will not be cumulative..

Laboratories: There will be eight labs due throughout the course. The laboratories will mostly consist of hands-on lab experiments that will be sent to the student within a kit. There will also be internet based exercises that will apply the concepts learned in the course.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 22.00 %
Week 1 0.55 %
Week 2 1.43 %
Week 3 1.43 %
Week 4 1.43 %
Week 5 1.43 %
Week 6 1.43 %
Week 7 1.43 %
Week 8 1.43 %
Week 9 1.43 %
Week 10 1.43 %
Week 11 1.43 %
Week 12 1.43 %
Week 13 1.43 %
Week 14 1.43 %
Week 15 1.43 %
Week 16 1.43 %
Study Questions 8.00 %
Chapter 1- wk 1 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 2- wk 1 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 3-wk 2 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 4-wk 3 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 5-wk 3 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 6-wk 4 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 7- wk 5 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 8- wk 5 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 9- wk 6 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 10- wk 7 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 11- wk 7 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 12- wk 8 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 13- wk 9 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 14-wk 10 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 15-wk 11 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 16-wk 12 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 17-wk 13 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 18-wk 14 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 19-wk 15 Study Questions 0.40 %
Chapter 20-wk 16 Study Questions 0.40 %
Lab Assignments 30.00 %
Lab Safety Video-Week 1 0.60 %
Lab Assignment 1 - Introduction to Science and Lab Safety 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 2 - Chemistry of Life 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 3 - Diffusion & Osmosis 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 4 - Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 5 - Mitosis & Meiosis 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 6 - Transcription & Translation 4.20 %
Lab Assignment 7 - Population Genetics 4.20 %
Exams 40.00 %
Exam 1- Chapters 1-6 12.00 %
Exam 2-Chapters 7-11 10.00 %
Exam 3- Chapters 12-15 8.00 %
Exam 4- Chapters 16-20 10.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit http://products.office.com/en-us/student. If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at classroomsupport@apus.edu.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name Web Site URL/Address

Crash Course in Biology

http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC3EED4C1D684D3ADF

Science Friday

http://www.sciencefriday.com/topics/biology/

BioSciEdNet

http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/index.php

Click and Learn

Howard Hughes Institute free mobile app, for use on iPhones and iPads only

KhanApp

Khan Academy free mobile app, for use on all smart phones

Book Title:Bio Principles 2nd ed - available online, link provided inside the classroom
ISBN:NTMO
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author:OpenStax
Book Title:Until further notice, eScience kits will ship without any action needed from students. Your shipping address on file must be current - https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/238652
ISBN:eScience Note
Book Title:General Biology v. 1 eScience kit
ISBN:1699
Publication Info:eScience
Author:eScience
Unit Cost:$172.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.