Biology 1200 Daily Schedules

Week 1 – Day 1 (Jan 5)

Welcome and introductions

Course overview

Cases of unusual chemistry in animals:

Ch 2 chemical context of life lecture Part 1 (live)

Week 1 – Day 2 (Jan 6)

Watch Chapter 2 part 2 for today. Link to lectures.

Review of chemistry and activities (backchannel chat).

They Might Be Giants elements video:

Focus on: trace elements – iodine (article)

Focus on – isotopes:

Focus on: trace elements – iron:

Isotope activity

Week 2 – Day 1 (Jan 10)

Water, water everywhere!

Watch Chapter 3: water

Water activities – testing the properties of water at home. You will need some ingredients:

  1. food colouring
  2. white flowers, preferable tulips
  3. A small glass for the flowers
  4. a medium sized glass
  5. raisins
  6. vinegar
  7. baking soda
  8. Three differently-sized containers for water (small, medium, large)
  9. A glass with a flat top and about 20 quarters (or more)

Video: Rob Dunbar TED talk

Rob Dunbar talks about the chemistry of ocean acidification due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Week 2 – Day 2 (Jan 12)

Watch chapters 3 and 4, carbon and macromolecules.

Video: Carbon – Periodic Table of Videos

Nutrition quiz

Week 2 – Day 3 (Jan 13)

Elodea and cells lab – VCC room 3275

Week 3 – Day 1 (Jan 17)

Cell biology – watch lecture before class.

Videos: Tour of the Animal Cell

Tour of the plant cell

Cell biology – organelles Jamboard activity

Name the cell parts game

Week 3 – Day 2

Cell membrane – watch lecture

Cell membrane bioflix video with worksheet:

Week 3 – Day 3

Osmosis lab at VCC.

Week 4 – Day 1 (Jan 24)

TBA

Osmosis lab review and analyses

Week 4 – Day 2

Chapter 8 – An Introduction to Metabolism (and energy) lecture

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-a-calorie-emma-bryce

Find your BMR

Khan Academy: Introduction to metabolism

Concept map with Jamboard activity

Week 4 – Day 3

Midterm – Chemistry, cell biology, cell membrane. Lab component: cells, elodea, osmosis.

Week 5 – Day 1 (Jan 30)

Ch. 9&10: Cellular respiration and photosynthesis

Introduction (Teacher’s Pet):

Photosynthesis (Bozeman Science)

Photosynthesis summary handout:

Photosynthesis study sheet:

Cellular respiration (Bozeman Science):

From rags to riches game

For your interest, a video about algae fuel (a biofuel)

Week 5 – Day 2

TBA

Week 5 – Day 3

Lab: Enzymes and pipetting

Week 6 – Day 1 (Feb 6)

Ch 16 – DNA replication

DNA replication lecture

Bioflix replication video and quiz.

Of mice and memory: NOVA video

Personal DNA testing: NOVA video

Epigenetics: NOVA video

Week 6 – Day 2

Chapter 17 DNA transcription and translation

Week 6 – Day 3

DNA lab

DNA lab summary:

Week 7 – Day 1 (Feb 14)

Discovery video: Transgenics (not available online)

DNA technology and genomics lecture

Blackett family DNA exercise (techniques used in forensic identification – DNA fingerprinting)

Spider goats:

The Magnificence of spider silk:

Week 7 – Day 2

TBA

Week 7 – Day 3

Lecture: Chapter 35 – watch plant structure

Dendrochronology exercise

Results: DNA lab! – Robyn

Week 8 – Reading break – no class until February 28

Work on your DNA report:

Week 9 – Day 1 (Feb 28)

Midterm 2: Ch 8 Metabolism and enzymes, Ch 16 DNA replication, Ch 17 From Gene to Protein, Ch 20 Biotechnology and genetic engineering

Week 9 – Day 2

Ch 37 – Plant Nutrition

Week 9 – Day 3

Labs: Plant structure (19), and plant growth (20)

We will look at the structures from lecture: plant roots, stems and leaves.

We will look at some demonstrations of plant growth and hormone/plant interactions, and start to think about an experiment.

Week 10 – Day 1 (Mar 7)

Plant reproduction

Week 10 – Day 2

Chapter 39 – Plant Response – 3 lectures

Week 10 – Day 3

Submit proposals for plant projects and discuss with instructor – please resubmit proposals with any changes.

Week 11 – Day 1 (Mar 14)

Chapter 40 – Watch animal structure lecture

Backchannel chat: Animal bioenergetics

Week 11 – Day 2

TBA

Week 11 – Day 3

Student experiments

Week 12 – Day 1 (Mar 21)

Ch 41 – animal digestion. Backchannel chat.

Week 12 – Day 2

Ch 42 – circulation and gas exchange. Backchannel chat.

Week 12 – Day 3

Midterm 3

Week 13 – Day 1 (Mar 28)

Ch 48 – nervous system

Week 13 – Day 2

Ch 50 – the senses. Backchannel chat.

Backchannel chat summary of links and activities for digestion, circulation and gas exchange, nervous system and senses.

Week 13 – Day 3

Senses lab, eye dissection, brain dissection

Week 14 – Day 1 (Apr 4)

Animal reproduction – backchannel chat

Week 14 – Day 2

Chapter 46 – animal development

Week 14 – Day 3

Development lab

Immunity activity.

Remote embryo lab:

Week 15 – Day 1

Beginning of exams – no class.

FINAL EXAM: April 11-26 TBA