SRJC Course Outlines

5/24/2024 8:43:58 AMBIO 100 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 100Title:  BASIC BIOLOGY SKILLS  
Full Title:  Basic Biology Skills
Last Reviewed:9/25/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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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Students will learn in this class to apply basic study skills to the understanding of biological elements in living systems, from the level of atoms to ecosystems. A specific focus topic such as water will be used to relate learning skills to specific biological information. This course is designed for students who have not developed the skills necessary for successful completion of college transfer-level science courses.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will learn in this class to apply basic study skills to the understanding of biological elements in living systems, from the level of atoms to ecosystems. A specific focus topic such as water will be used to relate learning skills to specific biological information. This course is designed for students who have not developed the skills necessary for successful completion of college transfer-level science courses.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
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CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Utilize college skills including organizing classroom materials and applying active learning techniques.
2. Develop hypotheses using the scientific method.
3. Define the levels of biological organization and explain the importance of each in maintaining life.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Take effective course notes.
2. Apply concepts learned in biology to laboratory style observations and experiments.
3. Apply the methods of science to formulating and testing hypotheses.
4. Describe examples of the levels of biological organization from the atomic to the ecosystem scale.
5. Explain selected processes that govern the functioning of biological systems in cells, organisms, populations, and communities.
6. Apply general ideas about biological systems to one specific focus topic such as water.
7. Apply active learning techniques.

Topics and Scope
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I. Learning to Learn
     A. Active learning skills
    B. Biology in a lecture setting
     C. Preparing for exams
     D. Organizational skills      
II. The Methods of Science
     A. Observation
     B. Hypotheses
     C. Deductive and inductive reasoning
III. Introduction to Molecules
     A. Atomic structure
    B. Chemical bonding
    C. Macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids
IV. Cells
     A. Structure
     B. Membranes
     C. Transport
V. Organisms
     A. Plants
     B. Animals
     C. Microorganisms
VI. Human Populations
     A. Population growth
     B. Effects on other biological organisms
VII. Community Interactions
     A. Trophic levels: producers, consumers, and decomposers
    B. Food chains and food webs
VIII. Ecosystems
     A. Energy transformations
     B. Nutrient cycles
    C. Role of microorganisms in ecosystem processes
     D. Local and regional ecosystem processes

Assignments:
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1. Reading from text (approximately 150 pages)
2. Homework to include graphs, worksheets, and study guides (approximately 50 pages)
3. Classroom exercises to promote active learning and study skills
4. Midterm exam (1) and final exam (1)
5. Quizzes (8-10)

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 - 30%
Homework - study guides
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
Homework - graphs and worksheets
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Midterm exam and final exam; quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 25%
Classroom participation and attendance


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials

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