BIO080 - Principles of Biology

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Subject Title
Principles of Biology

Subject Description
This first introductory biology course provides learners with a strong knowledge of biology as it applies to health, social and environmental issues. Emphasis is given to analyzing and communicating scientific information effectively, solving problems, and performing laboratory exercises. Units of study include cellular biology, microbiology, and environmental science. The content of the course reflects the needs of adult learners preparing to enter post-secondary college programs in health and environmental sciences.

Credit Status
This course is designed according to the Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE) approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and University. Upon completion of both BIO080 and BIO093 students will satisfy the biology entry requirements for most college level programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of principles and concepts of biology to the specific units of microbiology, cell and environmental biology.
  • Apply knowledge from the course to health, workplace, society and environmental issues.
  • Use observational and critical thinking skills to develop pathways to solve laboratory questions.
  • Select and use appropriate numeric, symbolic, graphical, and linguistic modes of representation to communicate scientific ideas, plans, and experimental results.
  • Assess career choices in science and technology.
  • Understand appropriate safety procedures and guidelines required in laboratories, workplaces and colleges.
Unit 1 Cellular Biology
Upon successful completion of this unit learners will be able to:
  1. list the main points of the cell theory;
  2. identify and describe the structure and function of biochemical compounds, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids;
  3. describe how organelles carry out various cell processes;
  4. explain various processes of cellular biology, including membrane transport, cellular respiration, photosynthesis and enzyme activity;
  5. list the features of each stage of meiosis and mitosis;
  6. analyze the critical role of enzymes in biochemical reactions;
  7. compare the chemical changes and energy transformations associated with the processes of respiration and photosynthesis;
Unit 2 Microbiology
Upon successful completion of this unit learners will be able to:
  1. compare the structure and properties of the genetic material of viruses and bacteria with those of eukaryotic cells;
  2. compare representative bacteria, viruses, and archea in terms of shape, motility, methods of reproduction, and connection to human diseases;
  3. investigate the role of micro-organisms with respect to human health and in technological applications in medicine and industry.
Unit 3 Environmental Science
Upon successful completion of this unit learners will be able to:
  1. classify organisms from a local ecosystem using the fundamental principles of taxonomy;
  2. define population growth and identify the factors that influence it;
  3. use energy pyramids to explain the production, distribution, and use of food resources in a food chain
  4. describe the flow of matter through biogeochemical cycles

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.