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Learning Objectives

Principles of Biology is a foundational course, and as such, it is designed to expose you to the breadth of the discipline of biology.  Students are expected to gain an understanding of the core concepts of the discipline.  Future courses will build on the foundations presented in this class, so it is in the student’s best interest to really learn these concepts.
What follows are the central learning objectives for the course.  Specific weekly learning goals will be given to students throughout the semester.  These weekly learning goals will serve as a roadmap for students preparing for the comprehensive final at the end of the semester.

Students will be expected to:

    • To become an Active Self Learner.
      • Demonstrate a Growth Mindset.
      • Demonstrate Reflective Learning.
      • Demonstrate the use of Metacognitive Skills.
    • Cultivate and Demonstrate a Professional Demeanor (Professional in written and oral communication, respect for instructors and classmates, and the ability to work productively in groups).
    • Show Initiative, Independence, and Resourcefulness.
    • Showcase skill in digital/web literacy and a developing learning network.
    • Operate effectively in a team/collaborative environment.
    • Demonstrate effective science communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the hypothetico-deductive model of scientific inquiry (Scientific Method).
    • Discuss and describe the basic nature of biological life.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the chemical nature of life.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between form and function.
    • Recognize the importance of cellular membranes, and communicate the structure and function of cellular membranes.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of cellular structure and physiology.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how organisms acquire energy for maintenance and growth, including the ability to describe the basic chemical pathways for energy acquisition and harvesting.
    • Communicate the importance and features of the Central Dogma of biology (Replication, Transcription, and Translation).
    • Demonstrate an understanding of genetics and cellular division
    • Communicate the importance and features of cellular communication.
    • Recognize and communicate the importance of evolutionary theory to modern biology.
    • Discuss and apply the mechanisms of evolution and speciation.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of population and community ecology.