Modern Biology Lab (BIOL1060)

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You may work with another student, but please be transparent about this. Each team member is responsible for submitting their own unique lab report.

In an effort to reduce your student costs, I am writing new labs because the lab kit I was using now costs $228! I am also interested in teaching very similiar labs in the classroom and online lab sections.

Please be patient with me and realize that you might have to round up some materials to complete the labs. Whenever possible, I will work to provide you with these materials if you can come to my office in Osborne, borrow them and return them.

So this semester is a bit of an experiment in itself! Give me feedback and it will definitely be incorporated into the design of the course. I teach two sections of this lab in Osborne on Thursdays. You are welcome to come into class and introduce yourself.

Many of you are in my BIOL1000 course as well. The two courses are aligned so the lecture content facilitates your lab work.

If you are not in lecture, but need some extra support in a particular learning outcome, do not hesitate to access our BIOL1000 textbook: OpenStax Biology Textbook

In this lab course, we will work to attain these learning outcomes:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Experience the scientific method by examining current and/or classical research.
  2. Compare the structural and functional differences between animal and plant cells and their organelles.
  3. Describe how organisms assimilate and process energy.
  4. Investigate the biochemical pathways common to all living organisms.
  5. Recognize the differences between DNA and RNA.
  6. Explain the steps of cell reproduction.
  7. Interpret patterns of inheritance.
  8. Discover how cellular reproduction and patterns of inheritance give rise to biological diversity.
  9. Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  10. Discuss the nature of microorganisms.
  11. Categorize the plant kingdom according to its phylogeny.
  12. Categorize the animal kingdom according to its phylogeny.
  13. Investigate human biological processes.

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Unit 1 (4 wks). The Cellular Foundation of Life

Unit 2 (2 wks). Cell Division and Genetics

  • BIOL1060 Lab 5-6: Cell Division and Chromosomal Genetics
  • Explain the steps of cell reproduction.
  • Discover how cellular reproduction and patterns of inheritance give rise to biological diversity.
  • Recognize the differences between DNA and RNA.
  • Interpret patterns of inheritance.
Unit 3 (2wks). Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

  • BIOL1060 Lab 7-8: Molecular Genetics, DNA Fingerprinting and Biotechnology
  • Recognize the differences between DNA and RNA.
Unit 4 (3wks). Evolution and the Diversity of Life

  • BIOL1060 Lab 9: Evolution
  • Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  • BIOL1060 Lab 10: Bacteria and Archaea
  • Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  • Discuss the nature of microorganisms.
  • BIOL1060 Lab 11: Protists and Fungi
  • Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  • Discuss the nature of microorganisms.
Unit 5 (2 wks). Plant Structure and Function

  • BIOL1060 Lab 12-13: PlantsĀ 
  • Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  • Categorize the plant kingdom according to its phylogeny.
  • Thanksgiving Break
Unit 6 (2wks). Animal Structure and Function

  • BIOL1060 Lab 14-15: AnimalsĀ 
  • Classify organisms according to their life histories.
  • Categorize the animal kingdom according to its phylogeny.
  • Investigate human biological processes.
  • Finals week: no lab