The course will provide the students with the basic understanding of the fundamental principles of biology. The course will cover basic information in chemical context of life, cell structure, cell function, energy transfer, cell division (mitosis and meiosis) and DNA Technology and its engineering applications, basic information about microorganisms (microbiology) and viruses. Importantly, the lectures will emphasize topics of relevance to engineering applications. It is a 3 credit hours course (2 credit lecture and 1 credit lab).
- To describe the fundamental aspects of life
- To describe the importance of Chemical context of life
- To underline and emphasizes the cell structure, cell function, energy transfer
- To describe the importance of cell division (mitosis and meiosis) and DNA Technology
- To describe the basic information about microorganisms (microbiology) and viruses
- To help the students to understand the link between biology and engineering and to emphasize topics of relevance to engineering applications.
Title: Biology: Concepts and Applications, Authors: Cecie Starr, Christine Evers and Lisa Starr
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning, USA, Year: 2015, Edition: 9th
Book Website: http://www.biology.brookscole.com
Author(s): James Perry, and Morton and Joy B Perry Laboratory Manuals for Majors General Biology, Publisher: Thomson Learning/Thomson Brooks/Cole USA Year: 2009 Book Website: http://www.biology.brookscole.com
Students are required to read the textbook as well as slides of the instructor. However, emphasis should be on the book since it is a coordinated course.
Additional reading references:
The following references are extra useful resources of learning for the students.
1- The Basics of Biology (Basics of the Hard Sciences) by Carol Leth Stone, Greenwood Press (August 30, 2004).
2- Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics for Biomedical Engineers By Robert B. Northrop, Anne N. Connor, CRC.
3- Explorations in Basic Biology (11th Edition) by Stanley E Gunstream, Benjamin Cummings; 11 edition (March 17, 2007).
BIOL-233, Semester 172
A Weekly breakdown of the course topics – Lectures and Labs
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|Week||Lecture Topic||Chapter ||Lab. Topic ||||Exercise|
Introduction to Biology
28 Jan -01 Feb
Chemical Bases of life
Molecules of life
|Molecule of life/The structure of the cell (How cells are put together)|
|The structure of the cell (How cells are put together) continued||4||Macromolecules||||5|
25 Feb–1 March
|Ground rules of cell Metabolism||5||Structure and Function of Living Cells||||6|
4 - 8 March
|Ground rules of cell Metabolism/ Energy and the cell ( How cell release chemical energy)*|
Diffusion, Osmosis and the functional of biological membranes
1st Major, Sunday, 4th March, 20H00-21H30
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|Energy and the cell ( How cells release chemical energy)*||7||Enzymes: Catalysts of life|||
(to be provided)
|How cells reproduce (Reproduction and Mitosis) |
|Respiration: Energy Conversion||||10|
|Meiosis and sexual reproduction|
|Mitosis and Cytokineses||||11|
|DNA structure and function|
From DNA to protein
2nd Major, Sunday, 8th April, 20H00-21H30
Controls over genes
|10||Isolation, identification of Nucleic acids (DNA, RNA)||||14|
|Biotechnology (Studying and manipulating genomes)||15|
Final lab Exams
29 April-3 May
|Prokaryotic and viruses||19|| |||| |
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* In this chapter 7, few slides on chapters 6 have been added. However, quizzes and exam questions on this Chapter 6 will be selected exclusively from the slides presented in class (lecture).
First Major: 20% (30 MCQ)
Second Major: 20% (30 MCQ)
Class activities: 10%
Lab. Activities: 20% (including lab report, quizzes)
Final: 30% (40 MCQ)
The lab is to be standardized to 75/100 as average (like in CHEM 101)
* For lab activity:
** Quizzes= 25% (Each lab will be start with a small quiz)
**Attendance and participation= 5%
** Lab reports= 40%
** Final exam= 30%
** For classes activity
** quizzes = 50%
** Attendances and participation (assignment) = 50%