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Biology High School Course Outline

Biology High School Course Outline

1.0 Credit

The Biology course incorporates new perspectives and understanding across major subdisciplines of biology. Genetics, cell biology, development, behavior and immunology are some of the areas covered. The concept of evolution is seen as the central organizing theme of biology. The focus of the course is on molecular biology. As an introductory course in biology, students are prepared for college.

As an introductory course in biology, students are prepared for college and advanced placement courses. Students will be sensitized to various moral and environmental issues being brought to the fore by research in bioengineering and other areas of biological research. They will be provided with tools with which to make educated decisions regarding these new technologies and developments.

1- Course Introduction

  • Course Description
  • Introduction
  • Course Links
  • Understanding Plagiarism
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • MLA Formatting
  • MLA Formatting MSWord
  • MLA Documentation
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Introduction

  • What is Science?
  • Scientific Methodology
  • Handout: Scientific Methodology Matching Exercise
  • Handout: Identifying Control and Experimental Groups
  • Assignment: Scientific Methodology Matching Exercise
  • Assignment: Identifying the Control and Experimental Groups
  • Graphing Data
  • Types of Graphs
  • The Application of Science
  • Quiz: Science Test

3- Standards of Measurement

  • The Metric System
  • Handout: Metric Conversion
  • Assignment: Metric Conversion
  • Instruments Used in Measurement
  • Handout: Instruments Used in Measurement
  • Assignment: Instruments Used in Measurement
  • Metric System Conversions
  • Quiz: Standards of Measurement Test

4- Tools of a Biologist: Microscopes

  • Microscope History
  • Vocabulary
  • Compound Light Microscope
  • Handout: Instructional Virtual Compound Light Microscope
  • Assignment: Instructional Virtual Compound Light Microscope
  • Electron Microscopes
  • Essay: Structure and Function of Microscopes
  • Quiz: Tools of a Biologist Test

5- Chemical Basis of Life

  • Properties of Water
  • Water’s Cohesive and Adhesive Behavior
  • Water and Temperature
  • Handout: Properties of Water
  • Assignment: Properties of Water
  • Mixtures, Solutions, and Suspensions
  • Adics, Bases, and the pH Scale
  • Handout: Acids and Bases: Reading pH
  • Assignment: Acids and Bases: Reading pH
  • Organic Compounds: Chemistry of Life
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Proteins: Enzymes
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Handout: Organic Molecule Chart
  • Handout: Identifying Organic Compounds
  • Assignment: Organic Molecule Chart
  • Assignment: Identifying Organic Compounds
  • Quiz: Chemical Basis of Life Test

6- Cell Biology

  • The History of the Cell Theory
  • Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells
  • Cell Structure and Function of Animal Cells
  • Handout: Structures of the Cell
  • Handout: Functions of the Cell
  • Assignment: Structures of the Cell
  • Assignment: Functions of the Cell
  • Cell Structure and Function of Plant Cells
  • Differences Between Animal and Plant Cells
  • Handout: Differences and Similarities between Animal and Plant Cells
  • Assignment: Differences and Similarities between Animal and Plant Cells
  • Quiz: Cell Biology Test

7- Cell Transport

  • Cell Membrane
  • Movement through the Cell
  • Passive Transport
  • Handout: Osmotic Solutions
  • Assignment: Osmotic Solutions
  • Active Transport
  • Handout: Movement of Materials through the Cell Membrane
  • Assignment: Movement of Materials through the Cell Membrane
  • Quiz: Cell Transport Test

8- Cell Chemistry

  • Cell Chemistry
  • Enzymes
  • Enzymes in the Body
  • Life Applications of Enzymes
  • Handout: Enzymes
  • Assignment: Enzymes
  • ATP
  • Handout: ATP Cell Energy
  • Assignment: ATP Cell Energy
  • Quiz: Cell Chemistry Test

9- Cellular Respiration

  • Cellular Respiration
  • Glycolysis
  • Krebs Cycle
  • Electron Transport Chain
  • Handout: Cellular Respiration
  • Assignment: Cellular Respiration
  • Anarobic Respiration
  • Handout: Cellular Respiration-Fermentation Flow Chart
  • Assignment: Cellular Respiration-Fermentation Flow Chart
  • Quiz: Cellular Respiration Test

10- Photosynthesis

  • Photosynthesis
  • Handout: Photosynthesis
  • Assignment: Photosynthesis
  • Light and Dark Reactions
  • Handout: Light and Dark Reactions
  • Assignment: Light and Dark Reactions
  • Quiz: Photosynthesis Test

11- Mid-Term Exam

  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest
  • Quiz: Mid-Term Exam

12- The Genetic Code

  • Genes
  • DNA
  • Handout: The DNA Molecule
  • Assignment: The DNA Molecule
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • DNA Replication
  • Handout: DNA Replication
  • Assignment: DNA Replication
  • RNA
  • Handout: DNA and RNA Comparison
  • Assignment: DNA and RNA Comparison
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Transcription
  • Translation
  • Building a Protein
  • Handout: Protein Synthesis
  • Assignment: Protein Synthesis
  • Quiz: The Genetic Code Test

13- Cell Reproduction

  • Cell Reproduction
  • Handout: Cell Reproduction
  • Assignment: Cell Reproduction
  • Cell Cycle and Interphase
  • Mitosis
  • Handout: Cell Cycle
  • Assignment: Cell Cycle
  • Meiosis
  • Meiosis I
  • Meiosis II
  • Assignment: Introduction to Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Chromosome Numbers
  • Handout: Chromosome Numbers
  • Assignment: Chromosome Numbers
  • Quiz: Cell Reproduction Test

14- Basic Genetics

  • History of Basic Genetics
  • Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance
  • Determining Gene Expression
  • Rules of Probability
  • Multiple Alleles
  • Sex-Linked Genes
  • Other Types of Inheritance
  • Assignment: Punnett Squares
  • Quiz: Basic Genetics Test

15- Applied Genetics

  • Chromosomal Mutations
  • Mutagens
  • Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Handout: DNA Fingerprinting
  • Handout: Interpreting a Human Pedigree
  • Assignment: DNA Fingerprinting
  • Assignment: Interpreting a Human Pedigree
  • Heredity and Personal Health
  • Quiz: Applied Genetics Test

16- Evolution

  • The Theory of Evolution
  • Darwin and Natural Selection
  • Evidence to Support Evolution
  • Handout: Determining the Age of Fossils
  • Handout: Homologous and Analogous Structures
  • Assignment: Determining the Age of Fossils
  • Assignment: Homologous and Analogous Structures
  • Origin of Life on Earth
  • Hominid Evolution
  • Handout: Human Evolution
  • Assignment: Human Evolution
  • Quiz: Evolution Test

17- Classification and Kingdoms

  • Why Classify?
  • Taxonomy
  • Linnaeus’ System of Classification
  • Handout: Taxonomy: Interpreting Diagrams
  • Assignment: Taxonomy: Interpreting Diagrams
  • Viruses
  • Kingdoms of Life
  • Kingdom Monera
  • Kingdom Protista
  • Handout: Kingdom Protista
  • Assignment: Kingdom Protista
  • Kingdom Fungi
  • Kingdom Plantae
  • Kingdom Animalia
  • Handout: Animal Phylum Matching
  • Assignment: Animal Phylum Matching
  • Assignment: Exploring Taxonomic Groups
  • Quiz: Classification and Kingdoms Test

18- Ecology

  • Ecology
  • Abiotic Factors
  • Biotic Factors
  • Handout: Abiotic and Biotic Factors
  • Handout: Food Webs
  • Assignment: Abiotic and Biotic Factors
  • Assignment: Food Webs
  • Interrelationships of Organisms
  • Handout: Symbiotic Relationships
  • Assignment: Symbiotic Relationships
  • Biomes
  • Life in Aquatic Systems
  • Handout: Biomes
  • Assignment: Biomes
  • Interruptions in an Ecosystem
  • Non-Renewable Natural Resouces
  • Renewable Resources and Disadvantages of Implementation
  • Quiz: Ecology Test

19- The Human Body

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Handout: The Cardiovascular System
  • Assignment: The Cardiovascular System
  • The Human Brain
  • Handout: The Anatomy of the Brain
  • Assignment: The Anatomy of the Brain
  • The Reproductive System
  • Handout: The Reproductive System: Is it for a Girl or Boy?
  • Assignment: The Reproductive System: Is it for a Girl or Boy?
  • Human Development
  • Quiz: The Human Body Test

20- Final Exam

  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test
  • Quiz: Final Exam

21- End of Course Survey

  • Handout: End of Course Evaluation
  • Assignment: End of Course Evalution
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