SRJC Course Outlines

4/16/2024 5:04:49 PMBIO 55 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Reinstated Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 55Title:  BIOLOGY FORUM  
Full Title:  Biology Forum
Last Reviewed:10/26/2009

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0016 max.Lecture Scheduled16.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled010 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total16.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  32.00Total Student Learning Hours: 48.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  39 - Total 2 Times
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BIO 48.16

Catalog Description:
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A series of lectures on current topics in biology, and a brief introduction to the field of biological science. Lectures are presented by visiting scientists and Life Science Department faculty.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A series of lectures on current topics in biology, and a brief introduction to the field of biological science.  Lectures are presented by visiting scientists and Life Sciences Department faculty.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2004Inactive:Fall 2013
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Recognize and compare the various disciplines included in the
   biological sciences.
2.  Identify the course of study required for a major in biology or
3.  Summarize and evaluate lectures on current topics in biological

Topics and Scope
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1.  Biology as a discipline
   a. Science education
   b. Biology sub-disciplines: e.g. botany, zoology, molecular biology,
      anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, evolution, ecology,
   c. The biology and physiology majors at SRJC
2.  Current topics in Biology
   There will be unique topic every semester, some possible topics might
   a. Natural history of specific geographical locations, e.g.
      Madagascar, Galapagos
   b. Biology of specific species, e.g. bats, manta rays, oaks, giardia
   c. Current advances in medical research, e.g. impact of human genome
   d. Biology in the news, e.g. current Nobel prizes in physiology
   e. Research in specific biological disciplines, e.g. prions and mad
      cow disease, physiology of chemical dependency, sudden oak death

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1.  Attendance at bi-monthly lectures.
2.  Brief written report(s) may be required summarizing and evaluating the
   material presented in one or more lectures.
3.  Objective examination on orientation to biological sciences.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 60%
Brief report(s)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Objective final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 80%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials.

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