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Learning Objectives

Principles of Biology are a survey course, and as such, it is designed to expose you to the breath 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.
    • Cultivate a Professional Demeanor (Professional in written and oral communication, respect for instructors and class mates, and the ability to work productively in groups)
    • Show initiative, independence and resourcefulness.
    • Showcase skill in digital/web literacy and a developing learning network.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the hypothetico-deductive model of scientific inquiry (Scientific Method).
    • Discuss and describe 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.
    • The ability to discuss and describe the mechanisms of evolution and speciation.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of population and community ecology.