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BIOL 1402L

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   1   
Course Title   Cell Biology And Genetics Laboratory   
Prerequisite(s)   Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ESL requirements   
Corequisite(s)   BIOL 1402   
Catalog Description   
This laboratory investigates principles and applications of cell biology. Topics include laboratory exercises in the scientific method, cell structure and function, cell division, gene structure and function, and genetics. This course is designed for non-science majors.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply the scientific method and procedures to investigate a question, analyze data, and arrive at a conclusion.
2. Use laboratory skills and techniques such as microscopy, measurement, analysis of cell
chemistry, and graphing techniques.
3. Use observational skills that allow them to identify and diagram characteristics of cells
based on examples provided by living organisms, models, and prepared microscope slides.
4. Apply principles of classical genetics to laboratory investigations.

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the laboratory manual and handout materials. Students are required to communicate their understanding of
subject matter by responding in a literate fashion to questions on exams and study
2. Students develop their listening skills through pre-lab introduction and small group
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through the laboratory reports and
maintaining a lab notebook.  They must also respond to short-answer and completion  
type questions on course examination.

II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of mathematical  concept usage
and applies the scientific method as follows:

1. Students apply the scientific method in the formulating of questions, the elucidation
of a hypothesis and the design of experiments.
2. Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of genetic problems
provided to demonstrate the laws of genetics and the prediction of outcomes of genetic crosses.  
3. Students graph and analyze data obtained by experimentation.

Course Content   
I.   Scientific Method
II. Basic Chemistry of Macromolecules
III. Cell Structure and Function
A. Differences and similarities of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
B. Cell structures
C. Cell function
IV.  The Cell's Enzymatic Activity
A. Enzyme-substrate activity
B. Factors affecting enzyme activity
V. Cell Respiration
A. Fermentation
B. Aerobic Cellular Respiration
VI. Photosynthesis
A. Chloroplast structure and plant pigments
B.  Relationship of light to photosynthetic carbohydrate formation
C.  Relationship of carbon dioxide to carbohydrate formation
VII. Mitosis and Meiosis
VIII.Mendelian Genetics
A. Monohybrid crosses
B.  Dihybrid crosses
C.  X- linked crosses

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
1. Lab practical examinations at mid-term and final will be prepared by each individual
instructor to determine the course grade
2. Instructors may choose to use lab reports, lab quizzes, computer assignments and laboratory drawings to determine course grade.

Biol 1402L will be assessed according to the policies and procedures of Georgia Perimeter College and the Science Quality Committee.

An assessment test will be administered to all students enrolled in Biol 1402L every Fall and Spring semester. Portfolio assessment of students' writing on final exams may be included in the assessment process.

Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.

Last Revised: August 10, 2009

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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