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