SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 10:29:28 PMBIO 55 Course Outline as of Fall 2010

Changed 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
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled8.75
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled05 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total.50 Contact Total8.75
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  17.50Total Student Learning Hours: 26.25 

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:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

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)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Identify and compare the various disciplines included in the biological sciences.
2.  Identify the course of study required for a major in biology or physiology.
3.  Summarize and evaluate lectures on current topics in biological sciences.
4. Students repeating this course will evaluate lectures on a wider variety of biological  topics and gain a greater insight into biology.

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, embryology
 c. The biology and physiology majors at SRJC
2.  Current topics in Biology: unique topics every semester, such as the following:
 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 studies
 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
3.  Repeating students will be exposed to a wider variety of biological topics.

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1.  Attendance at lectures, 5 per semester.
2.  Brief written report(s) are required summarizing and evaluating the
   material presented in one or more lectures.
3.  Repeating students will write additional reports on a wider variety of topics.

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
20 - 50%
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
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
50 - 80%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials.

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