Spring 2022 - BISC 102 D200

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 1828

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SRYC 2600, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SRYC 5280, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Ivona Mladenovic
    1 778 782-7489
    Office: 2920, Lab 2960
  • 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.


Topics to be covere

  • Scientific method
  • Adaptation by natural selection
  • Sexual and kin selection
  • Phylogeny
  • Patterns of evolution
  • Ecology
  • Meiosis and genetics
  • The origin of life and evolution of metabolism
  • Diversity of life (protists, plants, fungi, and animals)
  • Principles of development


  • • Midterm exam: 15%
  • • Eco-evo assignment: 10%
  • • Laboratory exam*: 25%
  • • Final exam: 30%
  • • Weekly online quizzes (WOQ): 10%
  • • Lab assignments (LA)*: 5%
  • • Tutorial participation: 5%


Important note: To pass this course, you must obtain a passing grade on the laboratory portion (*) of the course.

: This course is supported with Canvas (canvas.sfu.ca).

Mode of teaching:

  • Lecture:   In person
  • Laboratory: Asynchronous    
  • Tutorial: In person


  1. Effective immediately, the Department of Biological Sciences is adopting a mandatory mask policy for all areas under Biology’s control and in spaces elsewhere where Biology faculty teach, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Students are expected to have access to Zoom, as office hours will be held via Zoom instead of in person. Access to reliable high speed internet, and webcam on a computer is required for this purpose.



  • Freeman, S., et.al (2017) Biological Science. 3rd Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada
  • BISC 102 Laboratory manual. Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus edition


Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.