Introduction to Biosciences-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS14 20071 LE68 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 2nd year students Target Student For science students
Language English Day/Period Wed.4
Instructor name CAMPBELL, Douglas Simon (Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program-Specific Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The study of life i.e. Biology or Bioscience is the study of living organisms which is divided into many specialised fields that cover their form (morphology), function (physiology), structure (anatomy), behavior, origin (evolution), distribution, and their interactions with the environment (Ecology).
“Introduction to Bioscience” will introduce students to these fields covering a wide-range of Bioscience and their importance and implications for humans.
Course Goals Students should be able to appreciate the diversity of Bioscience and the importance an understanding of its knowledge can have on our daily lives.
Students should be able to understand and discuss various aspects of Bioscience in English.
Students should be able to read, understand and think critically about Bioscience and how the media, such as in news reports, newspaper articles etc cover aspects of Bioscience and its relevance to our lives.
Schedule and Contents 1. Course introduction, Chemistry of life
2. Cell structure
3. Genetics
4. Cell Reproduction and Communication
5. Metabolism and Cellular Respiration
6. Animal Form and Function
7. Mid-term exam / The Nervous system 1
8. The Nervous system 2
9. Biological Rhythms
10. Viruses
11. Plant Biology
12. Biotechnology and Genomics
13. Ecology
14. Evolution
15. Final Exam
16. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class participation 20%.
Midterm exam, 20%.
Final examination 60%.
Frequent tests at the beginning of classes on the topic previously covered. These marks may be used in the case where the students final marks are at the borderline between grades.
Course Requirements Students should have a general interest and curiosity about the study of life.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Review from the textbook and preparation for short tests at the beginning of each class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References OpenStax Biology 2e freely available to download at the URL below.
“Essential Cell Biology” 5th edition (2019) by Alberts et al., W.W. Norton and Company, New York ISBN 9780393679533 may be useful for the Cell Biology aspects of the course though it is not essential to buy the book if you do not already have it.
References, etc. Current news topics related to Bioscience will be introduced from, for example, newspaper articles.
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