SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 5:14:13 AMBIO 10 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

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 Scheduled3.001 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, bio diversity, physiology and anatomy, chemistry of life, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Meets general education laboratory science requirement.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introductory course in biology including: scientific method, ecology, bio diversity, physiology and anatomy, chemistry of life, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Meets general education laboratory science requirement.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
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: 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, student will:
1.  Apply the steps in the scientific method of hypotheses, experiments,
   data collection and theories, as well as the use of statistics.
2.  Recognize and name the major levels of biological organization from
   atoms and cells to ecosystems and biomes.
3.  Relate abiotic factors to the distribution of world biomes.
4.  Explain how ecosystems are structured through energy flow, material
   cycles (i.e., water, carbon and nitrogen), and various trophic levels.
5.  Evaluate species interactions to distinguish mutualism, predation,
   parasitism, herbivory, commensalism, and competition, including
6.  Describe how population density, dispersal, and growth are limited by
   environmental and intrinsic factors and apply these concepts to human
7.  Examine successional change in communities and the underlying causes.
8.  Compare and contrast the nutrient acquisition, gas exchange, and
   internal transport mechanisms of plants and animals.
9.  Differentiate the identifying characteristics and representatives of
   the major Domains and Kingdoms of organisms.
10. Summarize the structure of atoms, molecules, biological polymers and
   their significance to cell structure and function, anatomy,
   physiology, genetics and evolution.
11. Compare and contrast the cell structures, ultrastructures, membranes,
   and membrane transport and the functions of these structures and
   interactions found in prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant and animal cells.
12. Synthesize knowledge of enzyme reactions with cellular functions,
   metabolism, photosynthesis, cell respiration and organismal function.
13. Compare and contrast methods of cellular reproduction (mitosis,
   meiosis and binary fission) and their significance.
14. Explain how DNA codes for proteins, how the code is translated by
   the cell, and the relationship to scientific traits and inheritance.
15. Synthesize knowledge of the mechanisms of evolution, adaptation, and
16. Relate the principles of genetics to the processes of evolution.
17. Describe the values, themes, methods and history of the discipline
   and identify realistic career objectives related to a course of study
   in the major.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Methods and philosophies of science
   a. Steps in scientific method to laboratory experiments
   b. Statistics in hypothesis testing
   c. Hypothesis and theories
2.  Biological Hierarchy:  Discuss levels of biological organization from
   atoms and cells to the biosphere
3.  Introduction to the Biosphere and major world biomes
4.  Ecology of Ecosystems: Nutrient cycles (water, carbon, nitrogen),
   energy flow, trophic structure
5.  Populations
   a. Structure (density, dispersion, age structure)
   b. Function (exponential, logistic growth)
   c. Human populations
   d. Population fluctuations
   e. Factors affecting carrying capacity
   f. Density dependent/density independent
   g. Limiting factors
6.  Ecology of Communities: Interspecific species interactions,
   coevolution, succession
7.  Types of Nutrition
   a. Autotrophic and heterotrophic
   b. Surface to volume ratio
   c. Macromolecules, vitamins, and minerals
8.  Comparative Physiology of
   a. Microorganisms, plants, animals
   b. Positive and negative feedback loops
9.  Plant Structure and Function
   a. Root, stem and leaf anatomy
   b. Nutrition, gas exchange, transport (transpiration and phloem sap)
   c. Plant reproduction
10. Comparative Animal Structure and Function of Different Animal Taxa:
   Nutrition and digestion, gas exchange, transport
11. Classification of Living Things
   a. Prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes
   b. Domain system, eukaryotic kingdoms
12. Diversity of Eukaryotic Kingdoms
   a. Distinguishing characteristics
   b. Specialization of structure and function
   c. Ecology and evolution
13. Atomic Structures
   a. Chemical bonding (ionic, covalent, hydrogen bonds)
   b. pH
14. Properties of Water
   a. Polarity and hydrogen bonding, cohesion and adhesion
   b. States of matter
   c. Osmosis and diffusion
15. Macromolecule Structure and Function
   a. Dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis
   b. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids
16. Cell structure and ultrastructure
   a. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure
   b. Cell organelles and their functions
   c. Cell cytoskeleton and movement
   d. Endosymbiotic hypothesis
17. Cell membrane structure and transport
   a. Phospholipids bilayer
   b. Membrane proteins
   c. Passive and active transport, endocytosis and exocytosis
18. Enzymes
   a. Structure and function
   b. Positive and negative feedback loops
   c. Effect of substrate concentration, pH and temperature
19. Metabolic Pathways
   a. Photosynthesis
      1) Properties of light and photopigments
      2) Substrate, products, and location of Light Dependent and Light
         Independent Reactions
   b. Respiration
      1) Role of ATP
      2) Substrate, products, and location of Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle and
         Electron Transport Chain
      3) Aerobic vs. anaerobic respiration
20. Cellular Reproduction
   a. Mitosis
   b. Meiosis including sources of genetic variation
21. Molecular Genetics
   a. DNA replication
   b. Protein synthesis, genetic code
   c. Mutations and mutagens
   d. Changes in chromosome number and chromosome structure
22. Transmission Genetics
   a. Mendelian: monohybrid crosses
   b. Post Mendelian Genetics: partial dominance, blood type (multiple
      alleles), polygenic inheritance, autosomal linkage, sex linkage
   c. Effects of environment on genetic expression
23. Contributions to Evolutionary Theory
   a. Lamarck
   b. Darwin and Natural Selection
24. Evidence for Evolution
   a. Comparative anatomy and physiology
   b. Molecular biology
25. Mechanisms of Evolution
   a. Natural Selection, types of selection, gene flow
   b. Genetic drift: bottlenecks, founders effect, small population,
26. Biological Species Concept and Reproductive Isolation Mechanisms
27. Speciation and Adaptive Radiation
28. Use and care of compound and dissecting microscopes
29. Orientation to the values, themes, methods and history of the
   discipline and identification of realistic career objectives related
   to a course of study in the major.

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1.  Assigned reading from texts and other assigned reading.
2.  Lab reports and/or essay assignments.
3.  Scientific method of analysis and interpretation of data.
4.  Assigned homework from laboratory or lecture assignments.
5.  Objective examinations including:  multiple choice and/or short essay
   lecture exams and short answer laboratory exams.
6.  Demonstrate basic skill and handling of the microscope.

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%
Written homework, Lab reports or essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
2 - 10%
Homework/genetic probs, sci. meth. & analysis data
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
2 - 5%
Use and care of microscopes
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 80%
Multiple choice, Short answer and/or essay, lab exams (required)
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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BIOLOGY, CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 5th Edition, by C. Starr, 2003.
BIOLOGY, CONCEPTS AND CONNECTIONS, 4th Edition, by Campbell, Reece
Mitchell, and Taylor, 2003.

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