Introduction to Biology Lab
The Introduction to Biology Lab course provides a comprehensive introduction to the laboratory study of life. In this class, students will learn about lab safety and explore topics like the metric system using the microscope and the scientific method. Students will learn how cells grow and divide, obtain and use energy, and pass genetic information to the next generation. Finally, students will learn the importance of biodiversity in ensuring the survival of a species. Students will complete 13 lab assignments including a formal lab report. This course can be taken either after or with a three hour biology lecture course.
Identify and practice lab safety including proper use of lab tools.
Bloom’s level 1
Determine and evaluate the appropriate elements of a scientific experiment.
Bloom’s level 2
Execute the steps of an experiment, evaluate and explain the findings.
Bloom’s level 3
Analyze the results of an experiment to determine if the steps of the scientific process or any scientific assumptions have been violated.
Bloom’s level 4
Write a lab report explaining your findings in an experiment.
Bloom’s level 5
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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)
Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.
4 Year Regional Public University #1
2 Year Public College
4 Year Private University
4 Year Regional Public University #2
|1 Exam||5 Unit Exams||N/A||5 Unit Exams|
|13||11||14||9||Variable Lab Assignments|
|N/A||Notebook checks||2 Video Assignments|
|1 General Education Post Test|
Variable Blackboard Assignments
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Check Your Knowledge
Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.
It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.
We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.