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					                                           DAWSON COLLEGE
                                         BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
COURSE TITLE: General Biology I



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    kkumar@place.dawsoncollege.qc.ca
D. Nash                       1524      5A.19    nashd@place.dawsoncollege.qc.ca
S. Srivastava                 1561      5A.10    shanta@place.dawsoncollege.qc.ca


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
Microscopes                                            102-105
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
Ecosystems                                             1131-1151

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
the course.


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.


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
                                                     LAB SCHEDULE

           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

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