Spring 2022 - BISC 371 D100
Special Topics in Biology for Non-majors (3)
Class Number: 5415
Delivery Method: Remote
Course Times + Location:
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Mar 10, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
Apr 26, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
1 778 782-5622
Prerequisites:A minimum of 45 units.
Selected topics in Biology, aimed at students who might not have a background in biology. Science students may take this course as an elective, but may not apply this course toward their upper division program requirements. Breadth-Science.
Course Title: BIOLOGY FOR NON-MAJORS
Biology impacts our lives every day. This course will highlight significant discoveries that have fundamentally changed scientific thinking in various biological fields, and you will learn how the scientific method led to acceptance of these ideas. We will discuss basic cell and developmental processes that are responsible for the diversity of unicellular and multicellular organisms. You will learn how key discoveries in genetic inheritance and molecular biology have paved the way for the technological breakthroughs like gene sequencing and editing that are currently used in all aspects of biological science. Technological advances include the use of modeling and statistics that enable studies of relationships in developmental biology, evolution and ecology. We will discuss the discoveries in evolution and adaption that fundamentally changed our understanding of speciation and the creation of biological diversity, as well as key ideas in ecology that influence our efforts on conservation, global warming and pollution. You will also learn how studies in basic biological science have led to medical breakthroughs such as in neurobiology, microbiology and the use of antibiotics, and cancer research.
This course is an online course with synchronous exams
Microbiology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology,
- . Quizzes 30%
- . Assignment 15%
- . Attendance and participation 5%
- . Midterm 20%
- . Final 30%
There is one synchronous lecture/discussions per week over zoom. Other lectures are posted on canvas.
Midterm and Final are in person at Burnaby location. Quizzes are online.
Links to recommended readings and videos will be provided in the lecture slides
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.