Fall 2019 - BISC 102 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 2650

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    High school biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better.



Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Breadth-Science.


Outline of Laboratory Topics

week    Date Fall       2019

1          01-Sep         no lab

2          08-Sep         Diversity of Life

3          15-Sep         Forest Walk

4          22-Sep         Natural Selection

5          9-Sep           Notion of Phylogeny

6          6-Oct            Legacy of the Past

7          13-Oct          Nature of Inheritance

8          20-Oct          Animal Behaviour

9          27-Oct          Major Patterns

10        03-Nov         Ecology

11       10-Nov          Human Evolution

12       17-Nov          no lab

13       4-Nov            Lab exam

Final Exam will be held during the December 4 – 16 exam period


  • Lab Assignments 5%
  • Tutorial Participation (mandatory) 10%
  • Clickers 10%
  • Inquiry Assignment 20%
  • Midterm Exam 10%
  • Lab Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 20%


Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).

Letter grades will be assigned as follows.
The boundary between B and C letter grades will be set at the overall class average. Therefore, half the assigned letter grades will be ‘B-’ or higher, and the other half ‘C+’ or lower.  

Scores more than one standard deviation above the average              ‘A’ letter grades.
Scores within one standard deviation above the average -                  ‘B’ letter grades.
Scores within one standard deviation below the average -                  ‘C’ letter grades.
Scores more than one standard deviation below the average -            ‘D’ letter grades.
Scores more than two standard deviations below the average -           ‘F’ letter grade  

A ‘standard deviation’ is a statistical measure of the spread in a distribution. If you’re new to statistics look up http://www.mathsisfun.com/data/standard-deviation.html. In a true normal distribution, (i.e. the ‘bell-shaped’ curve) about 68% of the grades can be expected to lie within one standard deviation of (above and below) the mean, so most grades will be ‘B’ or ‘C’.



iClicker or equivalent response system on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Check https://www.iclicker.com/students if you do not already own a clicker.


Biological Science, by Freeman, Harrington and Sharp. Third Canadian Edition, Pearson

Registrar Notes:

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