SRJC Course Outlines

12/4/2023 4:20:46 AMBIO 10 Course Outline as of Summer 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 10Title:  INTRO PRIN BIOLOGY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Principles of Biology
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introductory course in biology including: scientific method, ecology, biodiversity, physiology and anatomy, chemistry of life, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and evolution.

Completion of MATH 150A or MATH 150 or higher (MATH) or qualifying placement

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introductory course in biology including: scientific method, ecology, biodiversity, physiology and anatomy, chemistry of life, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and evolution.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of MATH 150A or MATH 150 or higher (MATH) or qualifying placement
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Explain the core concepts of biology (evolution and adaptation, structure and function,
    systems and biology, flow of information, flow of energy and matter) as they apply to
    appropriate topics of cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, genetics, evolution and
2.  Integrate related core concepts.
3.  Demonstrate skill in core competencies.

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During this course, student will:
1.   Discuss relationship and connections between the five core concepts.
2.   Evaluate how evidence for evolution relates to the scientific process and be able to construct
      an argument to counter common evolution misconceptions.
3.   Apply the core concept of evolution and adaptation to all course content, cell and molecular
      biology, genetics, organismal, and ecology.
4.   Integrate microevolutionary mechanisms with macroevolution.
5.   Correlate the structure and function of plant and animal organ systems, organs, tissues and
6.   Compare and contrast the cell structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and
      of plant and animal cells.
7.   Integrate concepts of diffusion and osmosis with cell membrane structure and mechanisms of
8.   Explain the relationships between the structure of atoms, molecules, and biological
      polymers, and their significance to cells, physiology, genetics, and evolution.
9.   Integrate knowledge of molecular genetics, inheritance, and cell division (mitosis and
      meiosis), and apply these to evolutionary biology.
10. Apply understanding of negative feedback loops at the cellular and physiological level.
11. Integrate concepts of molecular, cellular, physiological, and ecological energy flow and
      nutrient cycling.
12. Apply knowledge of ecological principles to current ecological problems.
13. Integrate different levels of the biological hierarchy and examine emergent properties.
14. Test ideas with evidence, applying the scientific process to biological investigation including
      data analysis and interpretation.
15. Evaluate evidence as part of a scientific community.
16. Apply laboratory techniques, including proper microscope use, to observe and experiment
      with biological phenomena.

Topics and Scope
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I. Evolution and Adaptation
     A. Evolution and  taxonomy: macroevolution and biodiversity  including biological species,
          reproductive isolation mechanisms, and speciation (optional topics may include adaptive
          radiation, cladistics and analysis of evolutionary relationships)
     B. Evolution theory: Mechanisms of evolution (natural selection/adaptation, gene flow,
          mutation, genetic drift, sexual selection), evidence for evolution, evolution misconceptions 
II. Structure and Function
     A. Cell and molecular: atomic structures and chemical bonding, water chemistry*, organic
          molecules, protein structure/function, enzymes*, membrane structure and function*,
          cell structures of prokaryotes and eukaryotes*
     B. Plant: anatomy and physiology (structure and function of cells and tissue types*,
          transpiration and translocation, plant growth and development)
     C. Animal: anatomy and physiology* (three of the following organ systems: digestive,
          respiratory, circulatory, immune, reproductive)
III. Information Flow, Exchange, and Storage
     A. Molecular genetics: transcription, translation, gene expression, mutations and mutagens
     B. Inheritance: mitosis*, meiosis*, Mendelian*, post-Mendelian
     C. Negative feedback loops: molecular, cellular and physiological
IV. Pathways and Transformations of Energy and Matter
     A. Cell and molecular biology: photosynthesis, cell respiration, enzyme pathways
     B. Ecosystems: nutrient cycles (water, carbon, nitrogen), energy flow through ecosystems
V. Systems Biology/Emergent Properties 
     A. Biological hierarchy
     B. Population ecology: growth and regulation, human populations
     C. Community ecology*: niches, species interactions and co-evolution, succession
VI. Core Competencies
     A. Science as a process*: exploration and discovery, testing ideas with evidence, peer review,
          relationship between science and society
     B. Compound and dissecting microscope use*
*These sections are covered in the lab portions of the course.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Exams, including short answer and free response questions (3-5)
2. Assigned reading (approximately 25 pages/week)
3. Homework assignments (0-15), including genetic problems
4. Essay assignments (0-4) 2-4 pages each
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Laboratory exercises and/or reports: scientific method of analysis and interpretation of data
2. Microscope skills quiz (1)
3. Laboratory exams (2-3)

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
5 - 10%
Lab reports or essay assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
2 - 10%
Homework assignments; laboratory exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
1 - 5%
Microscope skills quiz
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 80%
Lecture and lab exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Campbell Biology, Concepts and  Connections. 9th ed. Taylor, Martha and Simon, Eric and Dickey Jean. Pearson. 2018
Concepts of Biology. Fowler, Samantha and Roush, Rebecca and Wise, James. OpenStax. 2016
Instructor prepared lab manual

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