Week 14 – Day 1
(Ch. 34) – Mammals – primates – humans
Svaante Paabo – DNA clues to our inner Neanderthal
Week 14 – Day 2
Student term project presentations
Week 13 – Days 1-3
This week has become what is known in pedagogical terms as asynchronous. In other words you will do some activities on your own, at some point before Wednesday’s class.
In order to study the evolution of primates, including humans, we are looking at three episodes of David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals.
The first is called “Life in the Trees.” I’d like you to start with this one. Use this worksheet:
You can find the documentary at:
The second is called: Social climbing. Use this worksheet:
The documentary will be shown during class time.
Exercise: each student took notes on a few animals in the film, then on Jamboard entered data on each primate. Then the class sorted the data into categories that have similarities among all the primates, and require socialization and a large brain.
Week 12 – Day 1
Chapter 24 – The origin of species – lecture
Morphological and biological species concepts activity
Week 12 – Day 2
Chapter 25 – History of life – David Attenborough series
Week 12 – Day 3
Chapter 26 – Phylogeny and systematics
Week 11 – Day 1
Ch 22. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (film – DA)
Statistics and term project check in
Week 11 – Day 2
Ch 23. Evolution of Populations
Week 11 – Day 3
Evolution of populations/ Ch 24 Origin of Species
Week 10 – Day 1
Chapter 13 – Meiosis and chromosomes
Week 10 – Day 2
Remembrance Day – no class today
Week 10 – Day 3
Midterm and fruitfly experiments (both are online)
Week 9 – Day 1
Chapter 14 – Mendel
Week 9 – Day 2
Week 9 – Day 3
Lab: conducting experiment
Week 8 – Day 1
Animal behaviour – lecture and activities
Experimental design and statistics
Week 8 – Day 2
LITERATURE REVIEW DUE
Week 8 – Day 3
Designing an experiment, equipment available
Population Ecology lecture
Week 7 – Day 1
Ecosystems – lecture
TALKS this week:
Week 7 – Day 2
Week 7 – Day 3
Lab at VCC – Animal behaviour and experimental design
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Week 6 – Day 1 (Wed)
Midterm 1 – at VCC room 3275
Energy acquisition lab: https://mariabiocourses.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/bio1100-activity-guide-06fall-1.pdf
YouTube video about Yellowstone Park and wolf reintroduction
Community Ecology lecture
Week 6 – Day 2
Week 5 – Day 1 (Oct 4)
This week: watch lectures: Ch 50 Ecology and the biosphere 1, and Ch 50 Biomes
Ecology and the Biosphere
Introduction to ecology: the Biosphere
Film: Freshwater (Planet Earth)
Week 5 – Day 2 (Oct 6)
We will be at VCC, room 3275:
British Columbia biogeoclimatic discussion
Exercise: Choose a biome & present
Week 5 – Day 3 – Truth and reconciliation day – no class
Community Ecology – lecture part 1
Leafcutter video, interactions activity:
Community Ecology – lecture part 2
Rainforest video, fod web activity:
Week 4 – Day 1
Watch two lectures: Ch 34 vertebrates fishes, Ch 34 vertebrates amphibians reptiles birds
Chapter 34: Vertebrates
Week 4 – Day 2
Chapter 34: Vertebrates
Film: Life of Mammals
Film: Flying Dinosaurs in the City
Week 4 – Day 3
Quiz 1 – microscopes/prokaryotes, protist lab, invertebrate lab
Vertebrate lab: foetal pig dissection, lancelets
Week 3 – Day 1
Please watch invertebrate lectures: Ch 33 invertebrates 1, Ch 33 seastars
Week 3 – Day 2
Week 3 – Day 3
Week 2 – Day 1 (Monday September 13)
Harvard video of evolving bacteria
Short film on antibiotics
Passcode is: biodiversity
Student investigation into bacteria applications.
Please watch the Protist Lecture: Chapter 28 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3eh3yRNbgJ9IqjJKn9Fz_wa3b8vEwHAm
Week 2 – Day 2
Week 2 – Day 3
Tidal seas video. Please download the worksheet:
Week 1 – Day 1
Introductions – how to use zoom, icebreaker.
Lecture: Chapter 1 – Exploring Life
Activity on Zoom: Using this dichotomous key, we will connect with the VCC lab, and identify animal phyla and class.
This activity guide will be used throughout the course. You can download it into a folder on your computer.
Film (next week): Blue Planet: Tidal Seas (I will show on zoom screen share). It’s good if you can have a fairly large screen, your desktop computer or a laptop to view videos. If you can, connect your computer to your TV.
Here is a worksheet you can download and fill out (it is a word document). I will assign questions to individual students when we watch the film.
Week 1 – Day 2
LABS: This year, because of Covid, we are taking extra precautions at the college to conduct labs and/or in class exams. Please wear a mask (they will not be provided), and bring your own goggles (available at the bookstore – they will mail them to you). Read the pre-screening questionnaire on the home page, and let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) whether you answered yes to any of the questions.
Microscope and Bacteriology lab
Here are scanned copies of the labs to bring with you. Also, please bring goggles. If you are unable to make it, then text me and I will start a zoom or FaceTime so you can watch parts of the lab from home. I will make sure that you get all the information you need even if you don’t attend the lab.
The lab went very well on September 9, 2021 at Vancouver Community College. The stations were distanced and had students had everything they needed at their station. Also, the demonstrations of microscope use, slide preparation, and culture collections went swimmingly – thank you Hilary!
Here is a file with a summary of the lab, student image submissions, and resources for you to become more familiar with all aspects of this lab, in particular videos produced by our own amazing lab staff, Robyn Wood, Hilary Brown and Klaudia Jurkemik.
I will update this summary with pictures taken by this term’s (fall 2021) group.
Watch the Prokaryote lecture at: