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BIOL 2107L

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Credit Hours1
Course TitlePrinciples Of Biology I Laboratory
Prerequisite(s)None Specified
Corequisite(s)BIOL 2107
Catalog Description
This is an in-depth laboratory which applies the scientific method in studying cell structure and function, classical and molecular genetics, and the diversity and unifying characteristics of organisms including bacteria, protists, fungi, and plants.   This course is designed for students whose program of study is science.
Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Design and perform scientific experiments as well as analyze and interpret results and
present written discussions.
2. Use laboratory skills and techniques such as:  microscopy, chromatography,
electrophoresis, PCR, culture of organisms, spectrophotometry, and statistical and
graphing techniques.
3. Use observational skills that allow them to identify and diagram characteristics of
organisms based on examples provided by living organisms, models, and microscope
slides.
General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:    
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading lab exercises and handout
materials.  Students are required to write prelab flowcharts based on this reading.
2. Students develop their listening skills through pre- and postlab discussion as well as by
working in small group discussions as they perform experiments.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through writing lab reports and
maintaining a lab notebook.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of mathematical concept usage and applies the scientific method as follows:    
1. Students use measurements in microscopy to determine size of specimens.
2. Students use Chi square analysis in genetics problems.
3. Students must graph and analyze data obtained by experimentation.
4. Students apply the scientific method for each laboratory exercise.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to problem-solving and critical thinking skills as follows:    
Students work in small groups to solve experimental problems posed by the course content.    
Course Content
I. Scientific Method
II. Organic Molecules
III. Microscope and Cell Structure
IV. Cell Transport
V. Enzymes
VI. Photosynthesis
VII. Respiration
VIII. Genetics
A. Fruit Fly Genetics
B. Cell Division
C. DNA Electrophoresis
D. Genetic Control of Cell Chemistry
E. DNA Amplification (PCR)
IX. Diversity
A. Monerans
B. Protists
C. Fungi
D. Plant Phylogeny
E. Plant Structure
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. COURSE GRADE
Midterm and final exams prepared by individual instructors as well as lab reports will be used to determine the course grade.  Exams will be part practical and part written in content.  Lab notebooks used to record purpose, procedures, results and conclusions will determine part of the lab course grade.

B. DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Biol 2407L will be assessed every three years as a part of the Biology Program of Study assessment.

C. 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: Aug. 04, 2011
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