BIOL 231 - Biology I

Biology I -  BIOL 231

Class Meeting: Monday 08:30 - 10:00

Catalog Description

This course introduces the students to fundamental concepts in biology. Topics to be covered include the cellular and chemical basis of life, organization of life, energy transfer through living organisms, evolution, diversity of life with emphasis on the animal and plant kingdoms and their interaction with the environment.
 
Course Objectives


This course aims to provide students with an overview of biological concepts, to introduce them to the major kinds of organisms and to establish a background for further study in advanced biology courses. The focus on cellular level processes will lead to an understanding of the importance and roles of the cell. The Course will be of interest and value to learners wishing to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of biology.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s)

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of this course the students should be able to

    K1- Explain the characteristics of living organisms.

    K2- Discuss the contribution of disciplines such as Taxonomy to the organization of living organisms. Provide criteria for classification and naming.

    K3- Explain the chemical composition of living matter.

    K4- Describe the structural characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

    K5- Explain basic concepts of bioenergetics, cellular respiration and cellular reproduction.

    K6- List and explain the characteristic features of the Kingdom Monera and of the organisms belonging to it.

    K7- List and explain the characteristic features of the kingdom Protista and of the variety of organisms belonging to it.

    K8- List and explain the characteristic features of the kingdom Fungi and of the variety of organisms belonging to it.

    K9- List and explain the characteristics of the kingdom Animalia and of the organisms belonging to it. Discuss the various criteria for animal classification and distinguish between invertebrates and chordates.

Intellectual abilities:


At the end of this course the students should be able to:

    I1- Demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.

    I2- Differentiate between different forms of living organisms

    I3- Summarize principles of classification of living organisms

Professional and Practical competencies:


At the end of this course the students should be able to:

    P1- To present data related to biology.

General and Transferable Skills:


At the end of this course the students should be able to:

    S1- Communicate with others positively

    S2- Think independently and access relevant literature and review information.

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