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BIOL 1407L

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 PLants, People And The Environment Laboratory
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1407
Catalog Description
This course uses hands-on laboratory experiences to support topics covered in the lecture portion of the course.  Emphasis is placed on the use of the scientific method and use of investigative techniques to explore plant physiology, anatomy, and ecology. This course is designed for non-science majors.

Expected Educational Results
Upon completion of BIOL1407L students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate proficiency with basic laboratory techniques including use of the scientific
method to design and conduct a controlled experiment, analyze data, and arrive at a
conclusion, as well as use of the compound light microscope.
2. Identify major crop plants and other economically important uses for plants such as
paper, wood, dyes, and spices.
3. Identify major groups of plants, the various stages of the plant life cycle, and adaptations
for life on land present in plants.
4. Identify types of plant cells, tissues, and organs and know their functions.
5. Understand major physiological processes in plants including photosynthesis, respiration,
transpiration, mitosis, effect of hormones and plant nutrition.
6. Be able to apply the laws of Mendelian genetics to interpret data from genetic crosses
using plants.
7. Understand the interactions between plants and other organisms in the ecosystem

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students will develop reading comprehension skill by reading the text, handout
materials, and published articles as assigned.
B. Students will develop listening skills through lecture, small group collaborative  
activities, and videos and/or guest lectures.
C. Students will develop reading and writing skills through the use of exercises and test
questions that will require them to read and respond to ideas appropriately.  
II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to usage of mathematical
concepts and applies the scientific method as follows:
A. Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of genetics problems
provided to demonstrate the laws of genetics and the prediction of outcomes of
genetic crosses.
B. Students will apply the scientific method as they learn to analyze data and determine
the validity of conclusions supported by data.

Course Content
COURSE CONTENT

I. Laboratory techniques
Scientific method
Introduction to microscope

II. Economic importance of plants
Plants as food
Non-food usages of plants

III. Plant evolution & diversity
Survey of plant diversity
Fungi

IV. General plant anatomy & physiology
Introduction to plant cell & osmosis
Plant anatomy & tissues
Photosynthesis and respiration
Transpiration
Plant nutrition
Plant hormones
Plant propagation

V. Plant reproduction and genetics
Mitosis and meiosis
Genetics
Organic molecules

VI. Plants and their place on earth
Plant ecology

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. COURSE GRADE
Each instructor, according to the guidelines presented in the instructor course syllabus will determine the student's grades. Methods may include quizzes, practical tests, & projects or other assignments as developed by the instructor.

B. DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Biol 1407L 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 1407L 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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