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ISCI 2001

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Integrated Science - Life/Earth Science
Prerequisite(s) EDUC 2110 with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This is an inquiry-based science content course based on the Kindergarten through grade 5 performance standards for Life Science and Earth Science.  Topics include life/biosphere, diversity, heredity, cells, ecosystems, earth systems, lithosphere (rocks, soils, constructive and destructive forces), hydrosphere, solar system, stars, and weather.  The course includes hands-on activities.

Expected Educational Results
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:
I. Introduction to Scientific Methods and Applications
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the process of scientific inquiry (should be threaded throughout course)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of laboratory safety (should be threaded throughout course)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of data collection (observation, measurement, recording, etc.), and the interpretation of data (should be threaded throughout course)
  4. Communicate scientific ideas and activities clearly (should be threaded throughout course)
  5. Question scientific claims and arguments effectively (should be threaded throughout course)
  6. Identify patterns of change using records, tables, or graphs of measurements (should be threaded throughout course)
  7. Recognize the importance of science and technology in our everyday lives.
II. Life Science
A. Characteristics of Life
1. Distinguish living organisms from nonliving materials using the characteristics of life.

B. Biodiversity/Heredity

  1. Compare and contrast the characteristics and basic needs of plants, animals, and bacteria.
  2. Identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms, such as adaptation variation of behavior, and external features.
  3. Group living organisms based on characteristics, and demonstrate an understanding of how and why scientists use classification.
  4. Explain the life cycles of plants and animals, including humans.
  5. Explain mechanisms for transmission of traits between generations.
C. Energy Flow
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the intricacy and concepts of food webs.
  2. Identify roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers.
  3. Distinguish between autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms.
  4. Explain the process and significance of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
D. Interdependence of Life/Ecology
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of symbiotic and community relationships including microorganisms.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic population dynamics
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the habitats of different organisms both aquatic and terrestrial.
  4. Differentiate among the habitats of Georgia and the organisms that live there.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the components and limiting factors of a habitat.
  6. Explain how pollution affects organisms.
E. Cells
  1. Recognize the cell as the fundamental unit of life
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the diversity of unicellular organisms (eukaryotic and prokaryotic)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the levels of biological organization.
  4. Observe and illustrate the different cell components and explain their structure and functions (plant, animal, and bacteria)
III. Earth Science
A. Exosphere (Astronomy)
  1. Distinguish between the basic attributes of stars and planets.
  2. Demonstrate the relative size and order of planets in the Solar System.
  3. Describe and model changes and patterns in the day and night sky.
  4. Describe and model the changing length of day and night as related to changing seasons.
B. Lithosphere (Geology)
  1. Differentiate between rocks and minerals.
  2. Differentiate among different types of minerals.
  3. Differentiate among different types of rocks on the basis of their physical properties.
  4. Explain the rock cycle.
  5. Recognize and describe the basic properties and components of soil.
  6. Compare and contrast different types of soil.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of fossilization.
  9. Identify the fossils of Georgia.
  10. Recognize and describe the different geologic processes that shape the Earth, including how water and wind change rocks and soils over time.
  11. Recognize and identify the different constructive and destructive processes.
  12. Characterize the physiographic regions of Georgia.
C. Hydrosphere and Atmosphere (Oceanography and Meteorology)
  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the water cycle.
  2. Analyze weather maps and observe, measure, and communicate weather data to predict weather events and infer patterns and seasonal changes.
D. Biosphere
  1. Recognize and describe different biomes and how they are affected by weather, plant, and animal activity and geologic processes.
General Education Outcomes
1. Communication Skills:

Students develop reading skills by reading the text, handout materials and/or web materials and published articles as assigned; their listening skills through verbal directions, group problem solving, and videos and/or lectures; writing skills through a variety of class and homework assignments, and assessments; speaking/communication skills through classroom discussions and presentations.

2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills:

Students develop individual and group problem solving and critical thinking skills by working on inquiry-based activities both in the classroom and at home.

3. Recognizing and Applying Scientific Inquiry:

Students learn to recognize and apply scientific inquiry by working on inquiry-based activities emphasizing the methods of data collection, doing experiments and formulating conclusions, both in the classroom and at home.

Course Content
Scientific method

Science safety

Characteristics of Life
Energy Flow
Interdependence of Life

Earth Systems
Exosphere (Astronomy)
Lithosphere (Geology)
Hydrosphere and Atmosphere (Oceanography and Meteorology)

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
  1. Students will be assessed by various methods that emphasize inquiry-based learning, higher order learning, critical thinking, and in-class discussion. These methods may include classroom activities, quizzes, homework, individual and/or group projects, data collection, classroom presentations, in-class discussions, or other activities, and a course assessment exam.
  2. A course assessment exam will be administered in accordance with the science Division requirements.
  3. The final course grade will be determined by the course instructor.

This course will be assessed in the framework of Georgia Perimeter College's policies for quality improvement

Last Revised: Jul. 14, 2011
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