BIO173 - Biology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to fundamental principles and concepts in Biology. Emphasis is placed on an introduction to biochemistry as well as structure and function as it relates to the cell. The laboratory work stresses basic laboratory techniques involving measuring, solution preparation, microscopy and spectroscopy.

Credit Status
Credit Status: Programs: BTR, CHY, CLP, CLT, Semester 1

Corequisites: EAP500 or EAC149 or EAC150 as determined by the English Entrance Assessment Test.

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

  1. Recognize living structures by common characteristics.
  2. Understand the relationship of carbon to living systems.
  3. Recognize the importance, and structure of the basic macromolecules to living cells and organisms.
  4. Relate the structure to the function of cells and cellular components.
  5. Work safely, efficiently, and accurately in a laboratory setting.
  6. Develop laboratory skills required for future laboratory courses and for future employment.
  7. Work independently within a laboratory environment and work co-operatively within a team environment.
  8. Use observational and critical thinking skills to develop pathways to solve individual laboratory questions.
  9. Identify possible experimental errors in laboratory endeavours.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.