SRJC Course Outlines

2/21/2018 4:54:35 PMBIO 2.3 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 2.3Title:  FUND BIO: BOTANY, ECO  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)
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 Scheduled6.008 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 2B

Catalog Description:
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Course covers the principles of ecology and the phylogeny of bacteria, protists, fungi and plants with emphasis on development, morphology, and physiology of higher plants.  Field trips taken. Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical, or related pre-professional programs.  (Formerly BIO 1.2, BIO 2B)  

Course Completion of BIO 2.1

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Course covers the principles of ecology and the phylogeny of bacteria, protists, fungi and plants with emphasis on development, morphology, and physiology of higher plants.  Field trips taken. Intended for students majoring in biological sciences, pre-medical, or related pre-professional programs.  (Formerly BIO 1.2, BIO 2A)  
(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: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:
 CID Descriptor: BIOL 155 Botany / Plant Diversity and Ecology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): BIO2.3

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.  Compare and contrast the ecology and evolution of algal protists, cyanobacteria, plants, and fungi using cladistic classification.
2.  Apply and integrate information from one or more levels of biological organization to study of cell mechanisms, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of members of the plant, protist or fungi kingdoms.
3.  Identify and assess global environmental problems and ecological principles analysing the impact of one on the other..
4.  Investigate and evaluate biological phenomenon and summarize results in written scientific format.  
5.  Perform laboratory techniques, including microscopy, with a high level of expertise without assistance or instruction.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Outline the classification system for major groups within the
bacteria, algal protists, fungi and plants, and be able to
correctly identify and classify selected example organisms.
2. Distinguish between various forms of bacterial photosynthesis
and provide endosymbiotic evidence linking cyanobacterial
photosynthesis to protists and plants.
3. Differentiate between types of Alternation of Generations
patterns characteristic of protists, fungi and plants life cycles.
4. Identify major evolutionary structural and reproductive advances
in plants.
5. Explain the phylogenetic relationships between major taxonomic
groups and relate these links to evolutionary history.
6. Identify and explain the functions of the basic structures of
organisms (emphasis on plants) and describe the complementary
relationships between these structures and their functions.
7. Describe the physiological functions of plants in relationship
to the natural habitats in which plants have evolved.
8. Explain the processes of life histories and development in
plants from the embryo to the mature adult, including the
influences of hormones and environmental factors.
9. Explain the principles of ecology, emphasizing populations,
communities, and ecosystems.
10. Describe the consequences of human impacts of the global and
local environment with an emphasis on conservation biology.  

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
    A. Review of scientific method
    B. Principles of Biosystematics
    C. Classification of living things (using domains and kingdoms)
II. Cells
    A. Structure of the prokaryotic cell
    B. Eukaryotic cell structure and function, emphasizing the function
       of specialized plant organelles.
    C. Review of Cellular Reproduction: Mitosis and Meiosis
    D. Benefits of multicellularity.
    E. Representative life cycles including: sporic, gametic and zygotic
II. Bacteria
    A. Bacterial diversity with emphasis on Cyanobacteria
    B. Origin of photosynthetic mechanisms emphasizing cyanobacteria
       and chlorophyll a
III. Protists and fungi
    A. Kingdom Protista Diversity
      1. Euglenoids
      2. Dinoflagellates
      3. Diatoms, Brown
      4. Water Molds
      5. Red and Green Algae
    B. Kingdom Fungi Diversity including Lichens and Mycorrhizas
IV. Plants
    A. Origin and Development of the Kingdom Plantae
    B. Diversity and evolutionary advances
      1. Bryophytes and seedless vascular plants
      2. The evolution of seed plants
      3. Gymnosperms
      4. Angiosperms
    C. Plant Structure and Function
      1. Tissues and tissue systems.
      2. Seed plant anatomy (stems, roots, leaves, flowers, and fruit)
      3. Primary and secondary growth
V. Plant physiology
    A. Water in living systems
      1. Diffusion
      2. Osmosis
      3. Water potential
    B. Active and Passive Transport in plants
      1. Transport of water
      2. Gas exchange and stomatal control mechanisms
      3. Transport of solutes in plants
    C. Metabolism
      1. Review respiration and energetics
      2. Photosynthesis
      3. Alternative photosynthetic pathways (C3, C4 and CAM) and
    D. Soils and mineral nutrition
    E. Plant growth and development
    F. Plant hormones and their functions
VI. Ecology
    A. Dynamics of biological systems
    B. Population biology
      1. Structure
      2. Demographics
    C. Community dynamics
      1. Structure and species interaction
      2. Succession and disequilibrium models
    D. Ecosystem
      1. Energy flow and trophic structure
      2. Water and nutrient cycling
      3. Human impacts
    E. Conservation Biology
      1. Endangered species, invasive species
      2. Habitat fragmentation
      3. Genetic diversity, extinction
VII. Laboratory Exercises
    A. Microscopy
      1. Plant cells
      2. Cyanobacteria
      3. Cell reproduction
    B. Diversity: taxonomy and identification
      1. Alga, fungi, protists
      2. Seedless vascular plants
      3. Gymnosperms
      4. Angiosperms
    C. Physiology
      1. Plant transport
      2. Osmosis and water potential
      3. Mineral nutrition
      4. Photosynthesis
      5. Growth
    D. Ecology
      1. Perform field ecology sampling, such as vegetation
      2. Field trips to study local plant communities

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1.  Weekly reading in text and other sources, 30-60 pages per week.
2.  Lab notebooks: notes and drawings from lab observations.
3.  Lab reports: may include calculation, graphing and data
analysis, 2-4 per semester.
4.  Field trips
5.  Formal assessment: 3 to 4 midterm exams and a comprehensive
final exam including objective and essay questions, 2 to 3 lab
practical examinations.

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 - 40%
Lab notebook
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Lab reports
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 - 65%
Multiple choice, completion, essay questions; Lab exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Active participation in class, including field trips

Representative Textbooks:
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Biology: Campbell and Reece, 9th edition, 2011
Photographic Atlas For Botany Laboratory: Rushforth,, 5th edition, 2008 (classic)

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