SRJC Course Outlines

2/20/2018 11:00:12 AMBIO 2.2 Course Outline as of Spring 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 2.2Title:  FUND BIO:EVO, GENET, ZOO  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)
Last Reviewed:11/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled6.006 min.Lab Scheduled105.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0Total Student Learning Hours: 0 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BIO 2A

Catalog Description:
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Course covers the methods of science, principles of evolution, Mendelian and chromosomal genetics, and the phylogeny of animals with emphasis on development, morphology, physiology and behavior. Field trips taken.  Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical or related pre-professional programs. (Formerly BIO 1.2, BIO 2A)  

Course Completion of BIO 2.1

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Course covers the principles of methods of science, evolution, Mendelian and chromosomal genetics, and the phylogeny of animals with emphasis on development, morphology, physiology and behavior. Field trips taken.  Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical or related pre-professional programs.  
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of BIO 2.1
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1982
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:Spring 1982Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: BIOL 150 Zoology / Animal Diversity and Evolution SRJC Equivalent Course(s): BIO2.2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Independently apply the scientific method,  biological knowledge, and critical thinking skills to the investigation and evaluation of natural phenomena, and summarize results in written scientific format.
2.  Perform laboratory techniques, including dissection and microscopy, with a high level of expertise without assistance or instruction.
3.  Analyze patterns, mechanisms, processes, and different factors contributing to the evolution of populations of organisms and correlate these factors to speciation.
4.  Evaluate the anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of animals from an evolutionary perspective.
5. Correlate current cladistic taxonomy to the evolutionary relatedness of animal groups, and apply current ideas in genetics and evolution to elucidate genotypic and phenotypic expression.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the principles of heredity, including Mendelian and
non-Mendelian genetics, the chromosomal basis of inheritance.
2. Define the basic principles of evolutionary theory and be able to
apply them to diversity and evolution of all life forms.
3. Integrate the concepts of genetics with the processes of
evolution and phylogeny.
4. Describe and explain patterns and processes of population
5. Memorize the system of classification for major groups of animals
and be able to classify a selected number of animals.
6. Describe the evolutionary links between major taxonomic groups
and relate these links to evolutionary history and processes.
7. Describe the basic anatomical systems of animals and distinguish
between the complementarity of these structures and their
physiological and behavioral functions.
8. Explain basic physiological processes of animals such as
thermoregulation, metabolism, circulation, gas exchange,
osmoregulation, chemical coordination and nervous integration.
9. Relate animal behavior to evolution and ecology.
10. Define the basic steps of the scientific method and apply these
methods in experimental laboratory exercises, generating lab reports
in formal scientific paper format.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
     A. Levels of biological organization
     B. Scientific method
     C. The use of biostatistics in analysis of data
II. Post-Mendelian Genetics
     A. Relationship of genotype and phenotype
     B. Effects of environment on genetic expression
III. Evolution
     A. Population evolution
     B. Evidence for Evolution
     C. Mechanisms of evolution
     D. Biological and other species concepts
     E. Macroevolution
         1. speciation
         2. reproductive isolating mechanisms
         3. adaptive radiation
IV. Animal diversity
     A. Phylogeny and adaptation
     B. Systematics and cladistics
     C. Diversity of protozoa
V.  Animal anatomy and physiology
     A. Animal architecture and design
     B. Membranes and their physiological roles
     C. Physiological ecology of animals
     D. Anatomy and physiology
         1. circulation, respiration, excretion, digestion
         2. metabolism, thermoregulation, and energetics
         3. locomotion, protection and support
         4. neural and endocrine control, regulation
         5. adaptations for locomation
         6. reproduction and development of animals
VI. Animal Behavior
VII. Laboratory Exercises
     A. Animal taxonomy and systematics
     B. Diversity and phylogeny of invertebrates
     C. Diversity and phylogeny of vertebrates
     D. Reproduction  and development
     E. Functional morphology and locomotion
     F. Thermoregulation, osmoregulation or acclimation
     G. Field biology

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1.  Term paper, 2-5 pages.
2.  Weekly reading in text and other sources, 50-80 pages per week.
3.  Lab reports: may include calculation, graphing and data
analysis, 2-4 /semester.
4. Computer assisted oral presentation about evolution of an animal trait.
5.  Formal assessment: 3-4  exams including objective and essay questions, 3 -4 lab
practical examinations, 3-4 quizzes.

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%
Term paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Lab reports, oral presentation
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
40 - 80%
Multiple choice, completion, essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Active participation in class, including field trips

Representative Textbooks:
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Biology, Campbell and Reece, 9th edition, 2010
Integrative Principles of Zoology, C.P. Hickman et al., 14th edition, 2007 (classic)
Animal Diversity, C.P. Hickman et al, 5th edition, 2009

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