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Fall 2012

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BIO116 - General Biology 2
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces the structure, functioning, diversity, and evolution of plants and animals, with emphasis on adaptation of organisms to their environments in addition to anatomical and physiological considerations. Laboratory exercises which include required dissection reinforce the lectures. General Biology 1 and 2 are recommended to students transferring to any of the life sciences programs. (General Biology I and II are not sequential. Either may be taken first.). Spring only. Three lecture hours, three lab hours. Prerequisites: BIO104 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher or high school Regents biology and Regents chemistry each with a Regents exam grade of 70 or higher. Completion of the Genesee Community College reading and math proficiencies.

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate the following capabilities.

1. Correctly describe the cellular characteristics of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya in a standard essay.
2. Correctly describe three major characteristics of Monera and Fungi in a standard essay.
3. Distinguish between vascular and nonvascular plants in a two-sentence answer to a short-answer question.
4. Describe the major tissues of vascular plants in a short essay.
5. Accurately describe the anatomy of a typical seed plant in a paragraph.
6. Compare and contrast the anatomies of angiosperms and gymnosperms in a one-paragraph essay.
7. Describe the movement of water into and through a vascular plant in answer to an essay question on a unit exam.
8. Identify the entire series of events in the reproduction of spermatophytes on a multiple-choice exam.
9. Write a properly formatted, fully documented report of a controlled laboratory experiment.*
10. Show the correct taxonomic classification of a plant on a laboratory report.
11. List the three branches of the animal kingdom, the two grades of the branch Eumetazoa, and the two divisions of the
grade Bilatera on a unit exam.
12. Describe five major characteristics of phyla Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Annelida, Arthropoda, Mollusca and Chordata on a unit exam.
13. Show the correct taxonomic classification of an animal on a laboratory report.
14. Describe speciation and evolution in terms of gene mutation and natural selection on a two-page essay.
15. Show on a short-answer test question how comparative embryonic development and biochemical similarity among vertebrates support evolution theory.
16. Identify the characteristic types of transport and regulation of fluids and gasses in five major phyla of animals on a multiple-choice exam.
17. Contrast the skeletal systems of arthropods and vertebrates in a short paragraph.
18. Describe the cephalization of the nervous system that has occurred in the animal kingdom in a short essay.
19. Distinguish among instinct, imprinting, and learning as behavioral traits in animals on a unit exam.
20. Outline the advantages and disadvantages, respectively, of sexual and asexual reproduction on a unit exam.*
21. Identify biotic abiotic factors of an organism's environment on a series of multiple-choice questions.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Kingdoms & Domains, an overview

II. Plants.
A. Structure
B. Nutrition & Transport
C. Reproduction, Growth & Development
D. Diversity

III. Animals
A. Phyla
B. Covering, Support & Locomotion
C. Fluids Regulation, Respiration, and Nutrition
D. Homeostatic Regulation
1. nervous
2. endocrine
E. Reproduction and Development

IV. Ecology and Evolution

Effective Term: Fall 2012