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BIOL 1403L

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 1
Course Title Diversity In The Living World Laboratory
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1403 
Catalog Description
This course provides the student with hands-on experience with a variety of living and preserved organisms, including  animals, plants, fungi, protozoa, algae, and bacteria, and the principles of evolution and ecology that unite them. 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.  Identify and describe the distinguishing features of each of the kingdoms, and the major groups (phyla, divisions, classes) in each kingdom.

2. Identify particular specimens as members of the kingdoms and their subgroups.

3. State the major premises of the theory of evolution by natural selection, and identify and explain examples of evidence for the theory.

4. Relate the characteristics of living organisms and preserved specimens to life processes.

5. Collect, analyze and use data to describe the interactions among organisms and their environments in laboratory investigations.

General Education Outcomes
1.   This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications
as follows:

Students develop their reading comprehension skill by reading the text, handout
materials, and published articles as assigned.

Students develop their listening skills through small group collaborative activities.

Students develop their reading and writing skills through the use of exercises that
will require them to read and follow instructions, and write laboratory papers.

2. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to usage of
mathematical concepts and applies the scientific method as follows:

Students will apply the scientific method as they learn to develop and test hypotheses,
analyze data, and determine the validity of conclusions supported by data.

Students will use quantitative information, algebraic concepts, and simple statistics
to analyze and present data from laboratory exercises.

Course Content
Laboratories listed may be changed or rearranged to correspond to topics in the lecture
(Biol 1403) or to suit the needs of each campus.

Using the Scientific Method.

Microscopes and Metric System.

Observation of familiar organisms  (Possible Field trip to Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden, or other).

Basic Mammalian Anatomy and Comparative anatomy of vertebrates.

Biology & Organization of Plants, Reproduction in Plants

Seed Plants.

Seedless Plants:  Ferns, Horsetails, Club mosses, and Mosses

Using a taxonomic key.

Evidence of Evolution

Higher Invertebrates:  Deuterostomes & Protostomes

Lower Invertebrates

Ecology Laboratory

Symbiotic Relationships

Kingdom Fungi

Kingdom Protista

Prokaryotic Domains:  Bacteria & Archaea

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. COURSE GRADE
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.

DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT
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 1403L every Fall and Spring semester. Portfolio assessment of students' writing on final exams may be included in the assessment process.

USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
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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