Syllabus Overview for HBIO-452-DL Introduction to Biology 2

4 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring

Note: The lab for this course is included; no additional registration is required.

Course Materials

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LAB KIT:  Your kit is delivered to your house. Many materials are the same as those used in onsite labs. You have 3-4 weeks to complete the labs. You have support from your instructor, lab TA and kit manufacturer. You write a report describing your findings and conclusions. You discuss your findings with peers and instructors.

Topics you will study


•    Genetics and DNA Technology
•    Evolution
•    Diversity of Life
•    Plants and Fungi
•    Animals
•    Animal Systems
•    Reproduction
•    Immunology

General Course Activities/How To Plan Your Time

•    Work is organized into modules of 1- 2 weeks in length.
•    All activities are fully asynchronous—there are no required meeting times.
•    Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
–    Mini-lectures
–    Self-assessment exercises
–    Weekly discussions
–    Mastery activities
–    Case studies
–    Connections project
–    Exams
–    Lab experiments and reports
•    Most students dedicate 12-15 hours/week to the course.
•    We recommend planning several 1- 2 hour study blocks throughout the week and checking into the course daily once the discussions begin.

Labs you will complete

•    Introductory Biology
•    Bacteria and Archaea
•    Plant Reproduction
•    Fungi
•    Invertebrates and Vertebrates
•    The Sensory and Nervous Systems
•    The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
•    Animal Behavior and Zoology
•    Ecological Interactions

Course Expectations

A student is expected to devote 12-15 hours per week to complete readings and course activities.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, please review the D2L system requirements.

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