BIO358 - Biology I

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Subject Title
Biology I

Subject Description
BIO358 provides a university level introduction to Molecular, Cell Biology and Genetics. Emphasis is placed on an introduction to biochemistry, the structure and synthesis of biomolecules, and their contribution to cell structure and function. The study of cell division, the basis of heredity and patterns of gene and human chromosomal inheritance will follow this. The laboratory work stresses on basic laboratory techniques involving measuring, solution preparation, microscopy and spectrophotometry.

Credit Status

Required for students in the Arts and Science- University Transfer Program (ASU).

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. Understand the basics of enzymes and items that affect the rate of an enzymatic reaction.
  6. Understand the events that occur in the synthesis of a protein from replication, to transcription to translation;
  7. Understand the relationship of cell division, both mitosis and meiosis, to the cell cycle and the organism;
  8. Understand the basics of Mendelian genetics and solve basic genetic problems;
  9. Understand the relationship of chromosomes to the development of hereditary characteristics;
  10. Work safely, efficiently, accurately and independently in a laboratory setting
  11. The basic laboratory techniques that are required to pursue your chosen field in science
  12. Use observational and critical thinking skills to develop pathways to solve individual laboratory questions.

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.

Academic Integrity
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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.