BIO 1030, Principles of Biology 1
Course Description Principles of Biology contains an introduction to all major areas of general biology. The relevance and contribution of this discipline to business, health care, policy creation, and other sciences is highlighted in this course.
Course Textbook Krogh, D. (2014). Biology: A guide to the natural world (5th ed., Technology update). Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Course Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Evaluate concepts and theories of basic biological sciences, including the scientific method, cellular processes, heredity, and biodiversity.
2. Generate logical interpretations and conclusions based on various representations of scientific data. 3. Examine the basic properties of living organisms, to include the categorization of life. 4. Explain various chemical processes within living organisms. 5. Analyze the fundamental structure and function of the cell. 6. Compare and contrast the phases of mitosis and meiosis. 7. Predict genotypes based on patterns of heredity and pedigree information. 8. Examine macromolecules to include synthesis, structure, and function. 9. Relate biological concepts to current real-world issues and technology.
Academic Integrity Honesty and integrity are taken very seriously at Waldorf University. All students should be familiar with the Waldorf University Academic Integrity Policy (found in the current Student Handbook) and the consequences that will result from breaches of this policy.
Credits Upon completion of this course, the students will earn three (3) hours of college credit.
1. Study Guide: Each unit contains a Study Guide that provides students with the learning outcomes, unit lesson, required reading assignments, and supplemental resources.
2. Learning Outcomes: Each unit contains Learning Outcomes that specify the measurable skills and knowledge students should gain upon completion of the unit.
3. Unit Lesson: Each unit contains a Unit Lesson, which discusses lesson material. 4. Reading Assignments: Each unit contains Reading Assignments from one or more chapters from the textbook
and/or outside resources. 5. Suggested Reading: Suggested Readings are listed in Units I-VII. Students are encouraged to read the
resources listed if the opportunity arises, but they will not be tested on their knowledge of the Suggested Readings.
BIO 1030, Principles of Biology Course Syllabus
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6. Learning Activities (Non-Graded): These non-graded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their course of study.
7. Discussion Boards: Discussion Boards are part of all Waldorf term courses. More information and specifications can be found in the Student Resources link listed in the Course Menu bar.
8. Unit Assessments: This course contains six Unit Assessments, one to be completed at the end of Units I, II, III, V, and VI. Assessments are composed of multiple-choice questions, written-response questions, matching questions, ordering questions, and hot spot questions.
9. Unit Assignments: Students are required to submit for grading Unit Assignments in Units I, III, IV, V, VII, and VIII. Specific information and instructions regarding these assignments are provided below. Grading rubrics are included with each assignment. Specific information about accessing these rubrics is provided below.
10. Final Exam: Students are to complete a Final Exam in Unit VIII. All Final Exams are proctored—see below for additional information. You are permitted four (4) hours to complete this exam in the presence of your approved proctor. This is an open-book exam. Only course textbooks and a calculator, if necessary, are allowed when taking proctored exams. The Final Exam is composed of multiple choice questions and written response questions.
11. Ask the Professor: This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content related questions.
12. Student Break Room: This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates.
Unit Assignments Unit I Web Assignment Virtual Experiment As you learned in Chapter 1, problems and questions can be answered by applying the scientific method. This assignment will allow you to gain some experience in using the steps of the scientific method to conduct a controlled experiment. You will also gain experience recording data and constructing graphs. Click here to download the experiment worksheet. Follow the instructions in the worksheet, save your file as a .doc, docx, or .rtf file using your last name and student number as the file name. Upload the completed assignment when you are finished for grading. Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. Unit III Annotated Bibliography Pick a type of cancer to research. Find articles that answer questions concerning your chosen type of cancer. This assignment will help you to organize the sources you will use in the Unit V Research Paper. An annotated bibliography consists of two parts: the reference citation in APA format, followed by the summary for that reference.
Your sources should address the following topics, which will be included in the Unit V Research Paper: o Define cancer. o Describe the type of cancer you selected. o Describe the diagnosis: symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and prognosis. o Discuss treatment options, including medicines/alternative treatments. o Discuss causes/risk factors. o Include the incidence rate or statistics. o Explain the resources you would use if you or someone you knew had this type of cancer. o Discuss what you can do to help the fight against cancer. o Include any other interesting facts.
Create an annotated bibliography following the structure given in the example: o Click here for the annotated bibliography example. o Find four to six current sources (published within the last five years). o Note that the reference citations should be organized in alphabetical order.