Principles of Biology: the Biosphere

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Biology
Course Code
BIOL 1110
Credits
5.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Tutorial
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course is an introduction to the biosphere, the diversity of life and biotic interactions. The anatomy and physiology of organisms are also studied. With Biology 1210, this course fulfills the requirements of a first year university Biology course.
Course Content

1. Introduction to Evolution and Taxonomy  

  • theory of evolution
  • introduction to components of the biosphere:  levels of organization (from cells to biosphere)
  • principles of taxonomy – binomial system of nomenclature
  • construction of dichotomous keys, and use of the microscope to examine cells, organisms
  • survey of major taxa, from viruses to animals


2. Introduction to Ecological Systems

  • organization of biomes
  • succession in terrestrial and aquatic habitats
  • population dynamics and community interactions
  • energy flow and nutrient cycling
  • analysis of experimental design in energy flow


3. Introduction to how various organisms accomplish:

  • support and movement
  • nutrition and digestion
  • respiration
  • circulation of gases, fluids and materials
  • reproduction
  • excretion of wastes
  • sensory perception and nervous condition


4. Laboratory techniques

  • techniques required for the use of common laboratory equipment
  • use of compound and stereomicroscopes
  • preparation of various wet mounts for microscope work
  • introduction to experimental methods
  • various plant and animal dissections
  • development of dichotomous keys
Methods Of Instruction

There are four hours of lecture or tutorials per week, and three hours of laboratory work.  The information content is integrated with laboratory experiments, problem sets, journal articles and textbook readings.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Evaluation Marks
Class tests and assignments   15-25
Laboratory assignments and quizzes  5-15
Laboratory examination - final 10-15
Comprehensive examination - midterm  25-35
Comprehensive examination - final 25-35
TOTAL 100

 

Notes:

1. Laboratory Experiments and Activities

Laboratory work will be assigned each week. The laboratory work must be completed in the week it is assigned. Laboratory experiments and assignments are a compulsory component of this course. A minimum of 50% of the laboratory experiments and assignments must be completed to receive a P or better in the course.


2. Examinations

There will be one midterm and one final examination. The final examination will cover the entire course. If the student achieves a better grade on the final exam than on the midterm examination, the midterm grade will be raised to equal that of the final examination.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Understand and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the biotic and abiotic components of the biosphere, their interactions and relationship to evolution.  
  2. Be capable of using and demonstrating techniques for identifying plants and animals, including use of the microscope and dichotomous keys.
  3. Understand and be able to explain the evolutionary relationships among major taxa.
  4. Understand and be able to explain the anatomy, physiology and functional relationships of certain organisms within each major group.
  5. Appreciate the scientific process, including the use of testable hypotheses.
  6. Be able to demonstrate the use of common laboratory equipment.
  7. Appreciate the study of Biology as a multidisciplinary activity.
Textbook Materials

Students should consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. For example, textbooks and materials may include:

Reece, J.B. et al., Campbell Biology. (Current Edition).  Benjamin Cummings.               

Douglas College produced manual. Biology 1110: the Biosphere.

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

BIOL 2300, 2301, 2302, 2321, 2400, 2421, 3205, 3305, 3500, 3600 and 3700

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX BIOL 1XX (4) 2017/01/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU BIOL 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BIOL 1XX (4) 2013/01/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = CAMO BIOL 124 (4) & CAMO BIOL 126 (4) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BIOL 111 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = COQU BIOL 101 (4) & COQU BIOL 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to 2014/04/30
Coquitlam College (COQU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = COQU BIOL 101 (4) & COQU BIOL 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to 2014/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BIOL 1110 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG BIOL 1XXX (4); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = LANG BIOL 1115 (4) & LANG BIOL 1215 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = NIC BIO 102 (3) & NIC BIO 103 (3) 1995/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = NIC BIO 102 (3) & NIC BIO 103 (3) 1995/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC BIOL 111 (3) 2005/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BISC 1XX (4), B-Sci; DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = SFU BISC 101 (4) & SFU BISC 102 (4), B-Sci for both courses. 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = SFU BISC 101 (4) & SFU BISC 102 (4), B-Sci for both courses. 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = TRU BIOL 1110 (3) & TRU BIOL 1210 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = TRU BIOL 1113 (3) & TRU BIOL 1115 (0) & TRU BIOL 1213 (3) & TRU BIOL 1215 (0), OL 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2013/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BISC 120 (3) & TRU BISC 125 (1), OL 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BIOL 113 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UBCO BIOL 116 (3) & UBCO BIOL 125 (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UBCO BIOL 116 (3) & UBCO BIOL 125 (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV BIOL 1st (4); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UBCV BIOL 1st (8), Exempt UBCV BIOL 111, UBCV BIOL 121, UBCV BIOL 140. 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC BIOL 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC BIOL 104 (3) & UNBC BIOL 124 (1) 2014/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BIO 112 (5) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC BIOL 1XX (1.5); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UVIC BIOL 190A (1.5) & UVIC BIOL 190B (1.5) 2010/05/01 to 2015/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC BIOL 1XX (1.5); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UVIC BIOL 184 (1.5) & UVIC BIOL 186 (1.5) 2015/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC BIOL 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2010/04/30
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU BIOL 1st (3); DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = VIU BIOL 121 (4) & VIU BIOL 123 (4) 2011/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22152
Mon Wed
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Faurie
Alida
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 001 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
0
18
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
12:30 - 14:20
Mon
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22153
Tue Mon Wed
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Faurie
Alida
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 002 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
17
0
17
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
10:30 - 12:20
Mon Wed
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22193
Wed Tue Thu
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Faurie
Alida
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 003 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
0
18
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
10:30 - 12:20
Tue Thu
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22263
Thu Tue
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Faurie
Alida
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 004 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
17
0
17
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
10:30 - 12:20
Tue Thu
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
23150
Wed Fri Tue
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Cruz-Aguado
Reyniel
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 005 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
0
18
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
8:30 - 10:20
Tue
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
23155
Wed Fri
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Cruz-Aguado
Reyniel
Open
Online
BIOL 1110 006 includes a 2-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
17
0
17
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
8:30 - 10:20
Fri
14:30 - 16:20