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BIOL 2650K

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Credit Hours 4
Course Title Life Science For Middle School Teachers
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support and ESL requirements and EDUC 2110 or students with degrees
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
The primary topics of the life science course will the cell, genetics, diversity and adaptations of organisms, and ecology. There will be laboratory work in a local school lab, Internet-based projects, and lab exercises conducted in the home. The course will be an on-line course using WebCT with several meetings for laboratory work and for exams. The course is equivalent to a college course (Freshman level) and requires mastery of content. This course, approved by the Professional Standards Commission for Middle Grades certification, has been approved for 50 SDU credits (equivalent to 3 semester hours). This course does not meet program of study requirements for the associate's degree in teacher education.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
  1. Describes the role of atoms, elements, and molecules (e.g., carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, & amino acids) play in cell development and function.
  2. Identifies the cell as a basic unit of life.
  3. Describes the structure and function of major organelles in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  4. What are the major organelles in cells? Where are the located? What are their functions?
  5. Describe the flow of energy and the cycling of materials with ecosystems.
  6. Explains how cell functions are affected by proteins (e.g., enzymes) and indirectly by DNA.
  7. Discusses and illustrates the organization from cells, to tissues, to organs, to systems.
  8. Explains the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.
  9. Explain what a Biosphere is and Earth’s Diverse Environments.
  10. Describes how the process of natural selection may affect the development of a species over time.
General Education Outcomes
1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
  1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the web pages, textbook, and other course materials.
  2. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, tests, and quizzes.
  3. Students develop their communication skills through class discussions, and by asking questions in class, as well as interactions with their peers in and out of class. In the online environment, students develop their communication skills through bulletin board discussions with the instructor and with their peers, and by asking questions using e-mail and the bulletin board.
2. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:
  1. Describe the development of the theory of evolution, explain some of the mechanisms, which are involved in the process of evolutionary change, and evaluate evidences of these processes in action.
  2. Use models to explain energy flow and material cycling in ecosystems and to relate these and other ecological principles to the role humans play in their environment.
  3. Students will develop the skills of inquiry by use of the scientific method to experience, evaluate, and synthesize data as applied to various life science problems.
3. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual, and at times, group problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied to earth and space science.
  1. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and critically think by applying their acquired knowledge of life science to various scientific problems, and by developing activities to use with middle school students.
Course Content
Introductory Face-to-face Meeting-
Course technology
Microscopy Lab—Lab report #1

Unit One—Structure and Function—The Cell and Organism
Chapter 1—Introduction: The Scientific Study of Life
Chapter 4—A Tour of the Cell
Chapter 5—The Working Cell
Home Lab—Osmosis, enzyme catalysis—Lab report #2
Chapter 20—Animal Structure and Function

Unit Two—Cellular Reproduction and Genetics
Chapter 8—The Cellular Basis of Reproduction and Inheritance
Chapter 9—Patterns of Inheritance
Chapter 12—DNA Technology and the Human Genome

Midterm Face-to-face Meeting—
Midterm Exam
Inherited Characteristics Lab—Lab report #3

Unit Three—Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms
Chapter 13—How Populations Evolve
Chapter 19—Human Evolution

Unit Four—Populations and Ecosystems
Chapter 34—The Biosphere: An introduction to Earth’s Diverse Environments
Chapter 36—Communities and Ecosystems
Chapter 37—Behavioral Adaptations to the Environment
Chapter 38—Conservation Biology
Home Computer-based Lab—Endangered species—Lab report #4

Final Face-to-face Meeting—
Final Exam
Cow Eye Dissection Lab—No lab report due.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
None Specified

Last Revised: Aug. 15, 2011
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