Biology A

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to study the physical and chemical characteristics of living things, and the makeup and functions of humans. This is a laboratory course.

Required Course Materials

A complete list of required lab materials and common household items needed to complete the course can found here.

Course Organization

Chapter Movies. These animations will show you a problem that you will learn about throughout the unit.
Activities. The Activities are practice assignments. Each Activity is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Generally, the Activities consist of:
  Introduction: A short introduction to the Activity.
  Review Exercises: Short review assignments that you submit for a grade. These are required and must be completed to finish the course.
  Tutorials: Animations that teach concepts and ideas.
  Guided Practice Questions: Questions to answer with the help of hints.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: 2 pencil, graphing calculator, computer-graded answer sheet provided

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 4
Total Number of Activities: 44
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 12
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 12

Unit 1: Cells
Chapter 1: Biomolecules
  Activity 1: The Four Basic Biomolecules
  Activity 2: The Functions of Biomolecules
  Activity 3: Lab: Biomolecules in Foods
Chapter 2: Enzymes
  Activity 4: How Do Enzymes Work?
  Activity 5: When Enzymes Don’t Work
  Activity 6: Lab: Enzyme Function
Chapter 3: Cells
  Activity 7: History of Cells and Cell Theory
  Activity 8: Prokaryotic Cells Vs. Eukaryotic Cells
  Activity 9: Structure and Function of Cell Organelles
  Activity 10: Lab: Using a Microscope
  Activity 11: The Plasma Membrane and Membrane Transport
  Activity 12: Lab: Osmosis and Diffusion

Unit 2: More about Cells
Chapter 1: Mitosis and the Cell Cycle
  Activity 1: Cell Cycle
  Activity 2: DNA Replication
  Activity 3: Lab: Modeling DNA Replication
  Activity 4: Mitosis and Cell Division
  Activity 5: Lab: Mitosis in Onion Root Cells
Chapter 2: Protein Synthesis
  Activity 6: Nucleic Acids: DNA and RNA
  Activity 7: Transcription: From DNA to mRNA
  Activity 8: Translation: Making Protein
  Activity 9: Lab: Protein Synthesis
Chapter 3: Mutations
  Activity 10: Genetic Changes: Gene Mutations
  Activity 11: Lab: Which Type of DNA Mutation Has the Greatest Effect?

Unit 3: Energy
Chapter 1: Introductino to Energy and ATP
  Activity 1: Why Cells Need Energy
  Activity 2: ATP as the Cellular Energy Currency
  Activity 3: Lab: Cellular Energy
Chapter 2: Photosynthesis
  Activity 4: Leaf Structure and Leaf Pigments
  Activity 5: Lab: Plant Pigment Separation
  Activity 6: The Stages of Photosynthesis
  Activity 7: Transport of Materials in Plants
  Activity 8: Lab: Observation of Plant Structures
Chapter 3: Respiration
  Activity 9: An Overview of Metabolism
  Activity 10: Cellular Respiration in the Presence of Oxygen
  Activity 11: Cellular Respiration in the Absence of Oxygen
  Activity 12: Lab: Observing Respiration in Yeast

Unit 4: Ecology
Chapter 1: Community Ecology
  Activity 1: Symbiosis (Species Interaction)
  Activity 2: Lab: Interspecific Competition
  Activity 3: Properties of Communities and Succession
Chapter 2: Biological Communities
  Activity 4: Biogeochemical Cycles
  Activity 5: Lab: Terrestrial Biome
  Activity 6: The Transfer of Energy
Chapter 3: Population Dynamics
  Activity 7: Population Growth Curves
  Activity 8: Evolutionary Strategies: r and K Selection
  Activity 9: Lab: Population Growth