Biology (BIOL) 204
Principles of Biology I (Revision 7)
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Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: None. Senior-level high school biology is strongly recommended.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
BIOL 204 is not available for challenge.
Biology 204: Principles of Biology I is an introductory course in general biology and the first of two introductory biology courses that will prepare students for second-year biology courses. Designed to help students learn more about the nature of life, topics include enzymes, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, classical genetics, modern genetics, and molecular biology.
BIOL 204 covers the material following chapters in the course textbook:
- Chapter 1: Light and Life
- Chapter 2: Origins of Life
- Chapter 3: Selection, Biodiversity, and Biosphere
- Chapter 4: Energy and Enzymes
- Chapter 5: Membranes and Transport
- Chapter 6: Cellular Respiration
- Chapter 7: Photosynthesis
- (Chapter 8 is not covered in this course)
- Chapter 9: Cell Cycles
- Chapter 10: Genetic Recombination
- Chapter 11: Mendel, Genes, and Inheritance
- Chapter 12: Genes, Chromosomes, and Human Genetics
- Chapter 13: DNA Structure, Replication, and Organization
- Chapter 14: Gene Structure and Expression
- Chapter 15: Control of Gene Expression
- Chapter 16: DNA Technologies and Genomics
Upon completion of BIOL 204, you should be able to
- define the concept of life and its origin, and how organisms change through evolution
- describe cells and their components as the fundamental units of life
- explain the role of energy and enzymes in maintaining life functions
- describe the fundamental processes involved in photosynthesis and respiration and explain the role of light in biology
- describe the concepts of classical genetics and explain genetic recombination
- explain in detail DNA structure, DNA replication, and gene expression
- describe how gene expression is regulated
- explain major aspects of DNA technology
To receive credit for BIOL 204, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent); and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Lab Report 1||10%|
|Lab Report 2||10%|
The mid-term and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Russell, P. J., et al. (2010). Biology: Exploring the diversity of life (1st Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.
Montpetit, C, Smit, J., & Keenleyside, W. (2010). Study guide for use with Biology: Exploring the diversity of life. Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.
A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.
Home Lab Kit. All other learning resources will be available online.
Special Course Features
The Home Lab Kit supplies most of the materials used for the home labs. The student will, however, have to supplement the Home Lab Kit with some common kitchen items or supplies.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 7, January 13, 2014.
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Updated March 14 2019 by Student & Academic Services