COURSE TITLE: General Biology I
COURSE NUMBER: 101-NYA-05
COURSE PONDERATION: 3-2-3
SEMESTER: Fall 2001
Name Tel# Office E-mail address
S. d'Apollonia 1525 5A-21 Sdapoll@place.dawsoncollege.qc.ca
K. Kumar 1525 5A-21 email@example.com
D. Nash 1524 5A.19 firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Srivastava 1561 5A.10 email@example.com
OFFICE HOURS: T.B.A.
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the complex
interactions of organisms with their environment, and to do this, the topics of ecology, diversity
of life, and genetics will be studied. The interaction of autotrophs and heterotrophs, both past and
present, will be studied to develop an appreciation of the complexity of the biosphere. Laboratory
work is designed to assist in illustrating the subjects being discussed in class and is an integral
part of this course.
REQUIRED TEXT: Campbell, N.A., Reece, J.B., & Mitchell, L.G. (1999). Biology, 5th
Edition. Benjamin Cummings, Inc. Menlo Park:CA.
Laboratory Manual for General Biology I. Dawson College, Revision 01.3.
Dawson Science Program. (2001). Science. Student’s Handbook, 2nd edition.
The format includes lectures, home study, and laboratory work which will be conducted in
groups. The student is encouraged to study review material in the text, material distributed in
class, and may be assigned review questions for homework. In addition, students will be
expected to use computers as part of their learning experience.
Course Outline Biology NYA, Fall 2001 page 1
COURSE CONTENT Pages in Biology
PART I: Introduction [Ch. 1]
Life's Hierarchical Order 1-5
Evolution, Unity and Diversity 9-13
Science as a process 13-19
PART II: Cellular Chemistry and Biology [Ch. 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 28]
The Structure And Function Of Macromolecules 58-79
The Flow of Genetic Information 294-300
Cell Structure (Prokaryote, Plant, And Animal) 105-127
The Origin of Eukaryotic Diversity 522-524
Cell Cycle (Mitosis and Meiosis) 206-217, 226-237
PART III Genetics [Ch. 14]
Mendelian Inheritance 239-247
Extending Mendel 247-252
The Chromosomal Basis Of Inheritance 261-268, 271-275
Sex Chromosomes and Sex-Linked Inheritance 268-271
PART IV Evolution [Ch. 22, 23, 24]
Emergence Of Evolutionary Thought 414-426
Evolution Of Populations and Mechanisms of Evolution 428-442
The Origin of Species 445-462
PART V The Diversity Of Life [Ch. 25 to 34]
The Origin Of Life 490-498
Classification of Organisms 473-485
Prokaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity 502-517 and Lab VIII
Protist Diversity 520-543 and Lab VIII
Plant Diversity 546-559, 561-572 and Lab IX
Animal Diversity 589-627, 630-656 and Lab X
PART VI Ecology [Ch.50, 53, and 54]
An Introduction To The Biosphere 1026-1034
Community Succession 1121-1125
Course Outline Biology NYA, Fall 2001 page 2
EVALUATION AND TENTATIVE DATES: Check with your instructor for final dates.
Class test I Week of October 8th 15%
Class test II Week of November 19th 15%
Lab test I Week of October 15th 10 %
Lab Test II Week of December 4th 10%
Biology NYA Research Project 10%
Proposal due (refer to your instructor)
Project due (refer to your instructor)
Laboratory, reports, quizzes, etc., 10%
Final Examination during Exam period (December 12th - 21st) 30%
The College policy on academic behaviour will be adhered to. The student is responsible for reading and
understanding the policy - it can be found in the Calendar.
It is the policy of the Biology Department to subtract marks from the total class grade for such
behaviours as tardiness, excessive rowdiness in class or lab, and for disturbing the learning environment
of other students.
Cell phones are not allowed in the classroom or the laboratory. Failure to comply can result in
expulsion from the class.
It is the policy of the Biology department that no make-up tests will be given.
The Biology NYA project will also serve as the first requirement for the Comprehensive Assessment for the
New Science Program. Therefore, students must obtain a passing grade on the project in order to get their
The student is responsible for reading and understanding the College policy on cheating and plagiarism - it
can be found in both the Calendar and the Timetable. It is the policy of the Biology Department to assign a
grade of zero to the piece of work in question in a first offense. A second instance will result in a failure in
Since a vital part of being a biologist is to be able to communicate your ideas and discoveries, we will
allocate a minimum of 5% for the literacy of written submissions.
Attendance at all classes is expected. Failure to attend is likely to cause failure in the course.
Attendance at all laboratory sessions is mandatory. Marks may be deducted for absences.
FIRST CHOICE SCIENCE STUDENTS:
In addition to the above, students in the First Choice Science Program will follow the regulations in the First
Choice Science literature. See the program coordinator for more information.
Course Outline Biology NYA, Fall 2001 page 3
Week starting Lab Topic Lab Manual
assignment The Scientific Method Laboratory I
August 27th Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Physiology Laboratory II A
September 3rd Introduction to Data Analysis Laboratory III
September 10th Introduction to the Microscope (part A) Laboratory IV
September 17th Introduction to the Microscope (part B) Laboratory IV
September 24th The Cell Cycle Laboratory V
October 1st Plant Morphology Laboratory VI
October 8th Review Lab (except Monday labs)
October 15th Lab Test 1
October 22nd Genetics Laboratory VII
October 29th Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi Laboratory VIII
November 5th Plant Survey (Part A) Laboratory IX
November 12th Plant Survey (Part B) Laboratory IX
November 19th Animal Survey Laboratory X
November 26th Review
December 3rd Lab Test 2
Course Outline Biology NYA, Fall 2001 page 4