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BIOL 2108L

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Credit Hours1
Course TitlePrinciples Of Biology II Laboratory
Prerequisite(s)None Specified
Corequisite(s)BIOL 2108
Catalog Description
This is an in-depth laboratory which involves the study of population genetics, diversity and unifying characteristics of animals, organ system structure and function, and ecology.  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. Perform experiments on the processes of evolutionary change.
3. Describe phylogenetic relationships among the major animal taxa by comparing various
internal and external anatomical features.
4. Describe basic vertebrate anatomy and compare and contrast it with invertebrate systems.
5. Identify the roles of the various organs in maintaining homeostasis.
6. Describe fertilization and early embryogenesis in deuterostomes
7. Describe the interrelation between organisms and their physical and biological
environment.
General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:    
1. Students increase their reading comprehension skills by reading lab exercises and handout
materials.  Students are required to write prelab flowcharts based on this reading.
2. Students increase their listening skills through pre- and postlab discussion as well as by
working in small group discussions as they perform experiments.
3. Students increase 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 algebraic equations to solve population genetics problems.
3. Students must graph and analyze data obtained by experimentation.
4. Students apply the scientific method to explore laboratory exercises.

III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to problem-solving and critical thinking skills as follows:    
1. Students work in small groups to solve experimental problems posed by the course
content.
2. Students work in small groups on a semester research project, which involves library
research, experimentation, writing a lab report and presentation.
Course Content
I. Population Genetics    
II. Classification of organisms
III. Structure and Function of Organ Systems in Selected Animals
A. Simple Animal Phyla
B. Protostomes
C. Deuterostomes
IV. Animal Anatomy and Physiology - strategies for maintaining life processes    
A. Basic mammalian anatomy (circulatory, digestive, respiratory and reproductive
systems)
B. Comparative anatomy of selected vertebrates
C. Homeostasis (excretory systems and nutrient regulation)
D. Control systems (nervous system and sense organs)
E. Movement and support
F. Embryology
V. Ecology
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 and/or semester research projects will determine part of the lab course grade.

B. DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT
This course will be assessed every three years in the fall/spring as a portion 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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