Biology A Syllabus

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Biology A


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Course
Description



Biology A, the first course of a two
-
semester series, introduces students to the nature of
science, the scientific method, and inquiry processes. The course explains proper lab
techniques and safety procedures and methods for conducting scientific experime
nts
and communicating their results. The course also provides students with an overview of
what constitutes a living organism, followed by an in
-
depth study of the components that
make up a healthy cell. Students will examine the structures and processes
that occur
in different types of cells. Other topics in this course include biochemistry, cellular
activities, Mendelian and modern genetics, human heredity, evolution, and genetic
engineering. Prerequisites for this course are Physical Science and Algebra

I.


Course
Objectives





When you finish this course, you will be able to:



Identify the characteristics of living things



Identify the disciplines related to biology and the methods scientists use in their
studies



Use the scientific method to design
and
perform experiments



Describe the theory of evolution



Describe the basic chemistry that influences life’s processes



Identify and explain the functions of cell organelles



Explain the role of DNA and describe the stages of the cell cycle



Explain genetics and
human heredity



Recognize achievements in genetic engineering



Analyze the biological, economical, societal, and ethical constraints involved in
science


Course
Assignment

Values


Assignment Type


Points
Possible

Weight

29

Assignments

145

pts

3
4
%

3

Discussion
s

1
5

pts

3
%

1 Required Chat

5

pts

1
%

2 Journal Entries

10

pts

2
%

1

Activit
y

8

pts

2
%

8

Lab Reports

64

pts

15
%

2 Paper

1
6

pts

4
%


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Assignment Type


Points
Possible

Weight

12

Unit Tests

12
0

pts

28
%

1
Midterm Exam

2
0

pts

5
%

1
Final Exam

25

pts

6
%

Course Totals

428

pts

100
%


Suggested Course Schedule



The suggested time frame shown below is based on learning sessions. A learning
session is a 45
-
minute period of time. This course should take approximately 90
learning sessions to complete, but this schedule is just a suggestio
n. You may work on
each unit at your own pace, completing as many learning sessions as you’d like in one
sitting. However, keep in mind that you must finish the entire course

within the time
specified by your school district.


Learning
Session

Content Cove
red

1
-
1
0

Unit 1:
The
Nature of Science

This unit describes how the scientific method is used to explore the world
of biology.

This unit also introduces using the metric system, taking
measurements, how to write a science report, and proper laboratory
safe
ty.



In this unit, there will be:

3 Assignments

1 Paper

1 Unit Test

15 pts

8 pts

10 pts


11
-
20

Unit 2:
The Science of Biology

This unit describes the characteristics of living things
, the different
branches of studying in biology,

and the tools
scientists use to study
organisms
.



In this unit, there will be:

2 Assignments

1 Unit Test

1
0 pts

1
0 pts


21
-
30

Unit 3:
Basic Chemistry

This unit explores concepts of basic chemistry
and the properties of
matter. We will understand the structures of substances involved in
phase changes,
atomic structure
,

chemical bonding
, and introduce

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chemical reactions
.

We will also use the periodic table to identify
elements. The properties of matte
r will be used to distinguish between
elements, compounds, and mixtures.




I
n this unit, there will be:

3 Assignments

1 Unit Test


15 pts

10 pts


31
-
40

Unit 4:
The Chemistry of Life

This unit examines the properties of water, acids, and bases, and
important biological molecules.

We will analyze the effects of catalysts in
biological reactions in a laboratory activity. This unit focuses on the
properties of water and c
arbon and what makes these

substances unique

in biology
.



In this unit, there will

be:

2 Assignments

1 Lab Report

1 Unit Test

10 pts


8 pts

10 pts


41
-
50

Unit 5:
Cell Structure and Function

This unit presents an introduction to cellular structure and function.

We
will understand the levels of organization of structures in the human
body, how substances transport in and out of cells, and explain how cell
theory developed.



In this unit, there will be:

2 Assignments

1 Unit Test

10 pts

10 pts



Biology A
Midterm Exam

20 pts


51
-
60

Unit 6:
Cell Energy

This unit introduces energy processes in
cells, including photosynthesis,
glycolysis, and
cellular respiration.

Both aerobic and anaerobic
respiration will be examined in this unit, and the relationship between
photosynthesis and cellular respiration are explained.



In this unit, there will be:


3 Assignments

2

Lab Report
s

1 Activity

1 Unit Test

15 pts

16

pts


8 pts

10 pts


61
-
70

Unit
7
:
Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis


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This unit introduces the molecules that contain the genetic information of
living organisms.

The structures of DNA and RNA will be described and
the processes involved with these molecules, such as replication,
transcription,
and
tra
nslation, will be explained.



In this unit, there will be:


2 Assignments

2 Lab Reports

1 Unit Test

10 pts

16
pts

10 pts


71
-
80

Unit 8
:
Cell Growth and Division

This unit outlines the stages of cellular growth and division in mitosis.



In this unit, there will be:


3 Assignments

1 Lab Report

1 Unit Test

15 pts


8 pts

10 pts


81
-
90

Unit 9
:
Genetics

This
unit introduces the basic

concepts

of genetic inheritance.

We will
analyze the tools geneticists use to determine the various genetic
probabilities of offspring. This unit will emphasize the contribution of
meiosis to genetic variability, and compare mitos
is and meiosis.



In this unit, there will be:


3 Assignments

1 Lab Report

1 Unit Test

15 pts


8 pts

10 pts



Unit 10
:
Human Heredity

This unit describes the inheritance of human traits and genetic disorders.



In this unit, there will be:


2
Assignments

1 Unit Test

10 pts

10 pts



Unit
11
:
Evolution

This unit describes the theory of evolution and its implications.

We will
investigate how the theory developed, evidence for evolution, and the
association between genetics and this process.



In

this unit, there will be:


2 Assignments

1 Discussion

10 pts


5 pts


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2 Journals

1 Unit Test

10 pts

10 pts



Unit
12
:
Genetic Engineering

This unit introduces selective breeding, mutation, and the science of
genetic engineering.

We will describe and analyze the different methods
and achievements of genetic engineering, and the ethical implications
behind this process.



In this unit, there will be:


2 Assignments

2 Discussions

1 Paper

1 Required Chat

1 Lab Report

1 Unit Test

10 pts

10 pts


8 pts


5 pts


8 pts

10 pts



Biology A Final Exam

25 pts



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Disability Statement



If you have a disability or condition that may
affect your ability to succeed in this course,
please contact your

teacher.

It’s important that you discuss the problem with him or her
so accommodations may be made to give you every opportunity to perform well. Your
teacher and virtual school program coo
rdinators are committed to helping students with
disabilities succeed, and every request will be treated with respect and confident
ia
lity.