BIO273 - Biology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject is a continuation of Biology 173. The study of nucleic acids and proteins will continue with an emphasis on the mechanism of their synthesis and function. The study of cell division, the basis of heredity and patterns of gene and human chromosomal inheritance will follow this. The laboratory techniques developed in Biology 173 will be incorporated into basic biological experimentation including bacterial growth, enzyme catalyzed reaction and isolation of DNA.

Credit Status
Programs:        BTA, CHY, CLP, CLT
Student academic progress in these programs will be monitored over the first two semesters.  Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester grade point average of at least 2.5 during their first year will be transferred to an alternate program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.[1]

[1] Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Calendar for 2019/2020

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

  1. Understand the basics of enzymes and items that affect the rate of an enzymatic reaction.
  2. Understand the events that occur in the synthesis of a protein from replication, to transcription to translation;
  3. Understand the relationship of cell division, both mitosis and meiosis, to the cell cycle and the organism;
  4. Understand the basics of Mendelian genetics and solve basic genetic problems;
  5. Understand the relationship of chromosomes to the development of hereditary characteristics;
  6. Work safely, efficiently, and accurately in a laboratory setting;
  7. Develop laboratory skills required for future laboratory courses and for future employment;
  8. Work independently within a laboratory environment and work co-operatively within a team environment;
  9. Use observational and critical thinking skills to develop pathways to solve individual laboratory questions;
  10. Identify possible experimental errors in laboratory endeavors;

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.

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

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

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

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.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.