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 Course Title: Principles of Biology (Biology for Engineers)

 

Course Description:

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).

Course Objective:

  1. To describe the fundamental aspects of life
  2. To describe the importance of  Chemical context of life
  3. To underline  and emphasizes the  cell structure, cell function, energy transfer
  4. To describe the importance of cell division (mitosis and meiosis) and DNA Technology
  5. To describe the basic information about microorganisms (microbiology) and viruses
  6. To help the students to understand the link between biology and engineering and to emphasize topics of relevance to engineering applications.

 

Lectures textbook:

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

 

Laboratory textbook

 

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

 

Studying strategy:

 

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

 LECTURES LABS 
WeekLecture TopicChapter Lab. Topic Exercise

1

21-25 Jan

 

Introduction to Biology

 

1

 

NO Lab

 

2

28 Jan -01 Feb

 

Chemical Bases of life

 

2

Microscopy

 

 

3

3

4-8  Feb

 

Molecules of life

 

3

Homeostasis

 

 

4

4

11–15 Feb

Molecule of life/The structure of the cell (How cells are put together)

 

3/4

NO Lab

 

 

x

5

18-22 Feb

The structure of the cell (How cells are put together) continued4Macromolecules5

6

25 Feb–1 March

Ground rules of cell Metabolism5Structure and Function of Living Cells6

 

7

4 - 8 March

Ground rules of cell Metabolism/ Energy and the cell ( How cell release chemical energy)*

 

 

5/7

 

Diffusion, Osmosis and the functional of biological membranes

7
 

1st Major, Sunday, 4th March, 20H00-21H30

Chapters (1,2,3,4)

   

8

11–15 March

 

Energy and the cell ( How cells release chemical energy)*7Enzymes: Catalysts of life

8

(to be provided)

9

18-22 March

How cells reproduce (Reproduction and Mitosis)         

11

 

Respiration: Energy Conversion10

10

25–29 March

Meiosis and sexual reproduction

12

 

Mitosis and Cytokineses11

11

1-5 April

DNA structure and function

8

 

Meiosis12

12

8-12 April

From DNA to protein

2nd Major, Sunday, 8th April, 20H00-21H30

 Chapters.( 5,7,11,12)

 

9

 

Heredity

13

13

15-19 April

Controls over genes

 

 

10Isolation, identification of Nucleic acids (DNA, RNA)14

14

22-26 April

Biotechnology (Studying and manipulating genomes)15

Final lab Exams

 

 

15

29 April-3 May

Prokaryotic and viruses19  
     

* 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).

 

Grading Policy:

 

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%