Bil 150                         Dr. Charles H. Mallery
  Introductory Biological Science
                      The study of life and the living cell.

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    The fundamental properties of the living condition at the
                                    cellular, genetic, organismal, and population levels of organization.
                     'An analysis of the constituent molecules found in cells.
                      The aim of modern BIOLOGY is to interpret the properties
                      of the living organism within the structure of its molecules'...
                                                                         paraphrased from Francois Jacob, 1973 - in The logic of Life

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 I.  INTRODUCTIONS & Procedures:
Instructor, Time & Place, Syllabus fall
*/ summer*, Tests & Workshops...

  Web based class material is designed to allow individuals in the class to meet their own
          unique learning requirements. The webpages themselves present "baseline-needed material"
          which we all must learn, including *starred links, designed to enhance directed learning,
          and explain in greater detail a concept presented on the base page.

if a web link is starred*, then you are responsible for the content at that link;
                   if a figure is listed  [
fig 7.1or  figure* then you are responsible for its content.  

  Additionally, there is immersion-learning links that aren't starred,  which allow a learner
          (you) to delve into an area of self-interest, build your knowledge base, and increase your
          biology productivity. 
                   if a web-link is NOT starred, then you NOT responsible for its content on tests. 

  Reasons for taking course
       What you would like to to get from the course 
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    names, terms, definitions, concepts all biologists should know
    Great Experiments of Biology
    begin to think as a scientist/biologist
  • cost of science in America
    myth of scientific certainty

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We'll use an INQUIRY Based approach to the Science of Biology...

 the emphasis will be placed upon inquiry & experimentation.

     -  look at case history of experimentation & its data for interpretations,
         look for
competing hypotheses, & identify what is yet unknown.
 "in real life", you will need to evaluate new hypotheses, analyze new data,
     draw conclusions;   our goal is to help you learn how to, through biology.
      -  the facts of an introductory course will change with time,
                but the
analytical skills you learn here will serve you for a lifetime.

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 Inquiry Based means... we'll ASK questions   &   ANALYZE DATA to find the Answers

    -  for each new concept or experiment... ASK YOURSELF these questions  

         1.   What motivated this experimental study?

              2.   How were the experiments designed?

              3.   What new methods or analytical techniques were needed?

              4.   How surprising was the outcome

              5.   How did a discovery influence the future course of Science of Biology?

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  • Learn & appreciate HISTORICAL CONTEXT of biology...
    Science changes society (we are in a technocratic age)
       Egotism in science
       20th century- age of physicist, chemist;  21st- biologist
  • To see the RELEVANCE of Biology... 
       how does your own body work

       how/why did family member get a certain disease 
  • Learn Biology for SOCIETAL REASONS...
  •    Where do we fit into Nature?
       What can I do to protect our Earth?
       Prior concepts? - are they correct or incorrect
       To enhance our own knowledge base

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III. BOOK Biologyby Neil Campbell  &  Jane Reece - UCR 
                          Pearson Education - Benjamin Cummings,
7th edition, 2005   buy
55 chapters and 1231 pages - (way too much)

     Book has three main objectives...                                             
            1.  to explain biological concepts clearly & accurately
                            within context of unifying themes
            2.  to help you as student (learner)
develop a more positive
realistic impression of science & how it is done
            3.  to stress
inquiry based learning by looking at how biologists think,
                            by presenting real data to be interpreted by the student,
                            offering evidence for competing hypotheses,
                            and referring to work in progress,
                            and noting what biologists do not know.
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    We'll use book to look at 2 biological themes

        1.   Biological Principles COMMON to ALL organisms

                        a)  cell chemistry
                        b)  cell structure
                        c)  cell function
                        d)  cell genetics
        2.   How particular organisms work, in their habitats,
                             especially some Vertebrate examples


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