Winter 2013 BIOL1000 Course Outline
SC/BIOL 1000 3.0 Biology I – Cells, Molecular Biology and Genetics F/W 2012 Course Outline
Welcome to BIOL 1000 3.0. Biology I is the first half of our introductory Biology course, introducing major
concepts and ideas in the study of life. It is a prerequisite for nearly all other courses in Biology, and is required
for all Biology and Biochemistry majors. The course is taken by students across the University, in other sciences,
Health, Arts, Environmental Studies and Fine Arts, so we have a diverse group of students. Grade 12 Biology (or
BIOL 1500 3.0) and Chemistry are prerequisites, so we will assume a basic understanding in these areas.
In this course, you will be introduced to biological terminology and major concepts that underlie this field. While
the scope of material in this course is very broad, students are encouraged to consider common threads
and themes that extend across the various topics. Biology and Biochemistry majors will develop a foundation for
further courses/work in biology and related areas; all students will develop familiarity with this field and gain skills
that can be applied in other courses and settings. This course is intended to help develop scientific literacy and
critical thinking skills required of citizens in modern society.
Introductory survey courses often seem to be composed of a huge set of known, static facts. In fact, the science
of Biology, like all sciences, is dynamic, questioning and continually changing. In science, we are constantly
challenging existing hypotheses and models through experimentation as new observations are made. Thus, you
should feel comfortable asking questions in class and in the laboratory. We may not always be able to answer
your questions, but we can usually help you find out more. Asking questions is an important skill in science (and
it’s always good to practise!). We will also encourage you to seek your own answers – another important life skill.
The laboratory is a key part of this course, as experimentation, observations and communication of biological
phenomena are important aspects of “doing” (and understanding) science. Again, the skills gained in the
laboratory component will be valuable in future laboratory courses, and often can be applied in other academic
or workplace situations.
Laboratories begin the week of January 21st. Consult your laboratory manual and the
BIOL 1000 Laboratory Website on Moodle to determine when your lab section is
Course learning objectives:
Upon successful completion of BIOL 1000 3.0, students will be able to:
Use the process of scientific inquiry to make effective decisions/arguments about real-world
Use biological terminology with correct scientific meaning and appropriate context.
Explain how light impacts life in different ways
Explain selection and its role in evolution.
Describe the cell theory in biology, and relate this theory to other biological concepts.
Describe the importance of membranes, and different mechanisms of membrane transport.
Relate biological structure and function at the level of the cell, organ, and organism.
Identify key similarities and differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
Compare and contrast major biochemicals and biochemical pathways (including cellular
respiration, photosynthesis, cell signaling).
Compare and contrast different mechanisms regulating gene expression.
Describe processes of mitosis and how the cell cycle works in eukaryotic cells.
Describe how chromosome movement during meiosis reflects Mendel’s principles of independent
assortment and segregation. Solve Mendelian genetics problems involving one or two genes.
Describe the relationship between genes, alleles, proteins and phenotype.
Describe the mechanisms that can lead to genetic diversity, identify patterns of inheritance
relating to sex linkage, gene linkage, codominance and incomplete dominance.
Relate concepts of mutation, gene expression and the cell cycle to events in cancer.
Describe basic techniques used in recombinant DNA technology and their significance.
Additional learning objectives will be provided for individual topics – available on the course
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Laboratory learning objectives:
Upon successful completion of the laboratory component of BIOL 1000 3.0, students will be able to:
Carry out basic biological laboratory activities with safety and reliability.
Develop hypotheses and make predictions in a variety of simple biological laboratory experiments
Make descriptive observations of biological specimens (via microscope and/or eye).
Prepare clear, appropriately labeled and formatted figures and tables for presentation of
Perform basic literature searches and find library resources relating to biological topics.
Prepare a basic biology laboratory report in the appropriate format, citing and listing references
Describe what constitutes plagiarism. Prepare written work that paraphrases (and cites) reference
sources appropriately (and otherwise abide by principles of academic integrity).
Effectively and collegially work with others in the biology laboratory and class setting.
An introduction to major unifying concepts and fundamental principles of biology, including evolution and cell
theory. Topics include cells, biological energetics, metabolism, cell division and genetics. The laboratory and
lecture components must be passed independently to pass the course. Three lecture and three laboratory hours
per week. One term. Three credits.
Prerequisite: OAC Biology or 12U Biology or SC/BIOL 1500 3.00; OAC Chemistry or 12U Chemistry or
SC/CHEM 1500 4.00.
Course credit exclusions: SC/BIOL 1010 6.00; SC/BIOL 1410 6.00.
Required Reading Material:
Russell et al. “Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life” 1st Canadian ed. Nelson Publishing.
Associated student study guide is not required but may be included free of charge with the textbook
package available in the bookstore.
“A Problem-Based Guide to Basic Genetics” by Cronkite is not a required test but may be bundled
with the textbook, and is useful in studying chromosomes, meiosis and genetics.
McMillan (2012) “Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences” 5th Ed W.H. Freeman Publishing is
required and must be purchased separately. It is NOT part of the textbook package. This is a valuable
writing resource for your entire scientific academic career.
Biol1000 Winter 2013 Laboratory Manual – ONLY available in the bookstore.
There are copies of the texts on short-term reserve (2h) in the Steacie Library. Students are expected to
read relevant sections of the text prior to class or lab. (There will be some short quizzes on readings,
announced ahead of time and completed on Moodle.) Other readings may be assigned during the
Note: Other introductory Biology textbooks and writing guides may be used, but students are
responsible for using the index/table of contents to determine relevant portions.
Required Clickers (student response units)
Turning Point Clickers will be used in this course. Turning Point Clickers with or without an LCD screen
can be used.
If you purchase the textbook package from the bookstore, a clicker is included.
If you do NOT purchase the textbook package and do NOT have a clicker, new or used clickers can be
purchased through Computing Services http://www.yorku.ca/prs/students/purchase.htm
New clicker $42 – submit order online.
Used clicker $35 – submit order online AND see staff at William Small Centre Computing.
Instructors are NOT involved with the selling of clickers.
Register your clicker by January 18, 2013. See http://www.yorku.ca/prs/students/register.htm
See “General Clicker Information” document on course Moodle Site for additional information.
We will not use clickers in the first week of class.
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Course Moodle Sites
Lecture and Lab Moodle Site
The BIOL 1000 Moodle site will include announcements, course materials, online quizzes, resources
and a discussion forum. http://moodle.yorku.ca
This site will be used for posting course information including lecture slides, exam results and
supplementary information. Online quizzes will also be completed on Moodle.
Moodle discussion boards:
Be sure to read the other threads before you post a question to see if your question has already been
When posting, be clear specific and professional.
Discussions are monitored. Messages containing personal attacks, inappropriate language, or other
disrespectful contents will be removed. Irrelevant material will also be removed. Follow the York
University Student Code of Conduct http://www.yorku.ca/oscr/codeofrr.html
If you notice any inappropriate threads please contact the Course Director.
Disclaimer: While Moodle moderators / instructors will attempt to remove (or edit) objectionable/inappropriate
material as quickly as possible, it is not always possible to review every post. All posts made on the forums
express the views and opinions of the author and not the moderators / instructors (except for posts by these
people) and they cannot be held liable.
Course Contact Information – where to go and who to see:
First Year Biology Office: 102 Life Sciences Building
First Year Biology Program Assistant: Dharti Patel
Course Director: Dr. Nicole Nivillac
Lecture-related email: [email protected]
Laboratory Director: Dr. Nicole Nivillac
Laboratory Coordinator: Uzma Nadeem
Laboratory-related email: [email protected]
E-mail Policies and etiquette
We will try to respond to email within two working days, but this is not always possible. We may also answer your
question in the next class meeting if appropriate. Questions and answers that we deem of interest to the entire
class will be posted on the appropriate discussion board or sent via course announcements if urgent.
Emails that do not meet the requirements below may not be answered:
Use your @yorku.ca email address when emailing instructors and others within the university. Email
from other sources may be filtered out and not reach the intended recipient.
SUBJECT LINE - Include the course code, course section and brief indication of topic. For example,
to b1000lec: BIOL1000M– question regarding plasma membrane
to b1000lab: BIOL1000M– missed lab 2 because of illness.
Include your NAME and STUDENT NUMBER at the end of each email. We work with hundreds of
students and the only way we can access your course information is via your student number.
Remember, you are in a professional environment and thus all your written correspondence, including
emails, should be professional. This means full sentences, proper grammar, NO text message lingo.
Before emailing the instructor, consider the nature of your question and whether another resource
should be consulted first. For example, lab-related queries should be directed to the lab coordinator.
Course components: The lecture and labs must be passed independently to pass the course
Lectures: There is one course section (M) running in Winter 2013. For lecture times/location, consult the
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Laboratory: 3 hrs/ lab (see Laboratory Website in Moodle for full details/schedule). You must attend your
The lab exercises and assignments provide an opportunity for students to:
- Explore aspects of biology.
- Think like scientists - ask questions, make predictions, test hypotheses, solve problems,
evaluate theories and use other aspects of inquiry.
- Learn how to communicate scientific information in written form.
- Find and understand some of the scientific literature.
- Reinforce some key biological concepts.
- Become familiar with practical aspects of lab work (using microscope, working safely in a lab,
- Work in smaller groups, where students can get to know one another, and their TA.
See the Laboratory Manual and Laboratory Website for lab schedule, policies/rules (including what to do
in case of missed lab), laboratory exercises, assignments and all things related to the lab.
Note: Any student NOT following lab safety regulations will be asked to leave the laboratory or will not be
permitted to enter in the first place. Makeup labs will not be granted.
Students with open-toed shoes and/or with food/drink are NOT permitted in the lab. See the laboratory
manual for all laboratory safety regulations.
Additional policies/rules specific to the laboratory are available in the lab manual and on the
laboratory website. Students are expected to read these policies, and sign the laboratory conduct
agreement before the first laboratory session.
Pre-Lab quizzes are associated with many labs and are completed on the course Moodle site.
Permanent lab switches MUST be completed on your own via the normal enrolment system. If there is
an opening in a lab section a