BIO 102: General Biology

Ed4Credit presents General Biology

BIO 102: General Biology

Course Description

Our General Biology course intends to provide an introductory view of the concepts of biology. To start, students are introduced to the process of science and the cellular foundation of life. We dive into cell division, structure, and genetics as well as molecular biology and biotechnology. A solid framework of evolution and the diversity of life related to plants and animals is provided, as well as animal structure and function. Finally, the basics of ecology are defined and explained through real-world issues of conservation and biodiversity.   Materials There is no extra cost for textbooks or materials. All materials are included with this course.   Transferability Ed4Credit’s courses have all either been recommended for credit through the American Council on Education’s Alternative Credit Proj... Read More »

Our General Biology course intends to provide an introductory view of the concepts of biology.

To start, students are introduced to the process of science and the cellular foundation of life. We dive into cell division, structure, and genetics as well as molecular biology and biotechnology. A solid framework of evolution and the diversity of life related to plants and animals is provided, as well as animal structure and function. Finally, the basics of ecology are defined and explained through real-world issues of conservation and biodiversity.

 

Materials

There is no extra cost for textbooks or materials. All materials are included with this course.

 

Transferability

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Course Outcomes:
  • Recall basic concepts of biology, cell structure, energy and functions
  • Identify patterns of inheritance, genetics, and cell division
  • Define molecular biology and the processes behind evolution
  • Recognize the diversity of microbes, plants, and animals
  • Recall components of body systems and community ecology
Course Details:

Access Timeframe

You will have access to your course for 4 months (120 days) from the time of purchase.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

Certificate of Completion

Format of Certification

Digital

Professional Association/Affiliation

Ed4Credit courses are recommended by ACE (American Council on Education) and approx. 2,000 colleges and universities accept ACE CREDIT's® recommended courses.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Credits are displayed on the Certificate of Completion which can be downloaded upon successful completion of a course. Official transcripts must be requested from ACE via a ACE Account.

Additional Details

Students are awarded course credits upon successful completion of a course.

Course Outline

Module Subtopics:
  • Themes and Concepts of Biology
  • Properties of Life
  • The Process of Science
  • Chemistry of Life
  • The Building Blocks of Molecules
  • Water
  • Biological Molecules
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall themes and concepts of biology
  • Identify basic properties of life
  • Recognize the process of science
  • Recall the chemistry of life
  • Identify the building blocks of molecules
  • Recall the building blocks of water
  • Define biological molecules
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 1-2 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1
Module Subtopics:
  • How Cells Are Studied
  • Comparing Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Eukaryotic Cells
  • The Cell Membrane
  • Passive Transport
  • Active Transport
  • Tonicity
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Define how cells are studied
  • Differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Identify components of the cell membrane
  • Recall the concepts behind passive and active transport
  • Define tonicity
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapter 3 PDF
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1
Module Subtopics:
  • Energy and Metabolism
  • Glycolysis
  • Citric Acid Cycle and Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Fermentation
  • Connections to Other Metabolic Pathways
  • Photosynthesis
  • The Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis
  • The Calvin Cycle
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall the basics of energy and metabolism
  • Define glycolysis
  • Identify the concepts of citric acid cycle and oxidative phosphorylation
  • Define fermentation
  • Identify basic connections to other metabolic pathways
  • Define photosynthesis
  • Differentiate between the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis
  • Define the Calvin-Cycle
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 4-5 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1
Module Subtopics:
  • Reproduction at the Cellular Level
  • The Genome
  • The Cell Cycle
  • Cancer and the Cell Cycle
  • Prokaryotic Cell Division
  • Cellular Basis of Inheritance
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • Errors in Meiosis
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall reproduction at the cellular level
  • Identify the genome
  • Identify the cell cycle
  • Recall basics of cancer and the cell cycle
  • Recognize prokaryotic cell division
  • Recall the cellular basis of inheritance
  • Identify concepts of sexual reproduction
  • Define meiosis
  • Identify errors in meiosis
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 6-7 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 2
Module Subtopics:
  • Patterns of Inheritance
  • Mendel’s Experiments
  • Laws of Inheritance
  • Phenotypes and Genotypes
  • Monohybrid Cross and the Punnett Square
  • Extensions of the Laws of Inheritance
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall patterns of inheritance
  • Identify Mendel’s experiments
  • Recognize laws of inheritance
  • Define phenotypes and genotypes
  • Define monohybrid cross and the Punnett Square
  • Identify extensions of the laws of inheritance
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapter 8 PDF
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 2
Module Subtopics:
  • The Structure of DNA
  • DNA Replication
  • Transcription
  • Translation
  • How Genes Are Regulated
  • Cloning and Genetic Engineering
  • Biotechnology in Medicine and Agriculture
  • Genomics and Proteomics
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall the structure of DNA
  • Define DNA replication
  • Identify DNA transcription
  • Recall DNA translation
  • Recognize how genes are regulated
  • Identify basics of cloning and genetic engineering
  • Recall biotechnology in medicine and agriculture
  • Recall functions of genomics and proteomics
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 9-10 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 3
Module Subtopics:
  • Discovering How Populations Change
  • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Evidence of Evolution
  • Speciation
  • Common Misconceptions about Evolution
  • Diversity of Life
  • Organizing Life on Earth
  • Determining Evolutionary Relationships
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall how populations change
  • Identify mechanisms of evolution
  • Recognize evidence of evolution
  • Define speciation
  • Identify common misconceptions about evolution
  • Identify the diversity of life
  • Recall how to organize life on earth
  • Identify how to determine evolutionary relationships
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 11- 12 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 3
Module Subtopics:
  • Prokaryotic Diversity
  • Eukaryotic Origins
  • Protists
  • Fungi
  • The Plant Kingdom
  • Seedless Plants
  • Seed Plant: Gymnosperms
  • Seed Plants: Angiosperms
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Define prokaryotic diversity
  • Identify eukaryotic origins
  • Define protists
  • Recall the diversity of fungi
  • Recognize basics of the plant kingdom
  • Identify types of seedless plants
  • Identify characteristics of gymnosperms
  • Recall characte
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 13- 14 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 4
Module Subtopics:
  • Features of the Animal Kingdom
  • Sponges and Cnidarians
  • Flatworms, Nematodes, and Arthropods
  • Mollusks and Annelids
  • Echinoderms and Chordates
  • Vertebrates
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall features of the animal kingdom
  • Identify basics of sponges and cnidarians
  • Recognize types of flatworms, nematodes, arthropods
  • Identify characteristics of mollusks and annelids
  • Recall characteristics of echinoderms and chordates
  • Identify types
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapter 15 PDF
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 4
Module Subtopics:
  • Homeostasis and Osmoregulation
  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Endocrine System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Define homeostasis and osmoregulation
  • Identify basics of the digestive system
  • Recall functions of the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Recognize basics of the endocrine system
  • Identify components of the musculoskeletal system
  • Recall the basics of nervous system
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapter 16 PDF
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 4
Module Subtopics:
  • Viruses
  • Innate Immunity
  • Adaptive Immunity
  • Disruptions in the Immune System
  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • How Animals Reproduce
  • Development and Organogenesis
  • Human Reproduction
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Define innate immunity
  • Define adaptive immunity
  • Identify disruptions in the immune system
  • Recall the basics of animal reproduction and development
  • Define organogenesis
  • Recall the basics of human reproduction
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 17- 16 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 5
Module Subtopics:
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Population Demographics and Dynamics
  • Community Ecology
  • Ecosystems and the Biosphere
  • Energy Flow through Ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Terrestrial Biomes
  • Aquatic and Marine Biomes
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
Module Learning Objectives:
  • Recall the basics of population and community ecology
  • Identify population demographics and dynamics
  • Recognize community ecology
  • Identify ecosystems and the biosphere
  • Define biogeochemical cycles
  • Define terrestrial biomes
  • Identify aquatic and marine biomes
  • Identify conversation and biodiversity
Assignments:
  1. Read Chapters 19- 21 PDFs
  2. Practice the Learning Activities
  3. Watch the Videos
  4. Review the Webliography (Web Links)
  5. Take the Exam
Learning Outcomes:
  • 5
Module Subtopics:
  • Final Exam
  • Course Survey
  • Certificate of Completion
Learning Objectives:
  • N/A
Assignments:
  1. Take the Cumulative Practice Exam - Optional
  2. Review the Proctored Exam Information
  3. Create an Account with Proctor U
  4. Schedule an Exam Time
  5. Take the Cumulative Proctored Final Exam
  6. Submit the Course Survey
  7. Print Your Certificate of Completion
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Technical Requirements

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player

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