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SCB4010T: Biology (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: Biology
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
CODE: SCB4010T
TYPE: REG
CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks

Major Concepts/Content:

This course is an introduction to general biology and scientific inquiry. It will include the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, cellular organization and function, the transfer of energy through metabolic systems, cellular reproduction, the classification of living things, and the six kingdoms of life. The main focus is to present biological information in an understandable and straightforward way that will capture the students’ interest and deal with current issues and concepts.

Competencies:
DoDEA Biology Standards

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Biology, students should be able to:

  • Engage in full and partial scientific inquiries to design, conduct, and communicate scientific investigations to explore ideas about the natural world.
  • Use scientific inquiry to design and conduct scientific investigations to meet a human need, make a decision, solve a human problem, or develop a product.
  • Recognize and describe the interrelationship between science and technology.
  • Apply the tools of technology (e.g., computers) in scientific endeavors.
  • Identify qualities inherent in scientific behavior (e.g., reasoning, insight, energy, skill, and creativity).
  • Discuss contributions of men and women of various social and ethnic backgrounds to science and technology.
  • Apply science concepts to make decisions (weighing risks and benefits) about students' personal health and well-being.
  • Understand that the cell is the basic unit of structure and function in living organisms.
  • Know that characteristics of organisms are specified in DNA, and changes in DNA lead to variation.
  • Explain that species evolve over time through the process of natural selection.
  • Describe how ecosystems are interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.
  • Identify that living organisms are complex and highly organized, requiring energy and matter to maintain this organization.

Course Outline First Semester

THE NATURE OF SCIENCE & BIOLOGY

  • Section 1: Introduction to Biology
  • Section 2: The Chemistry of Life

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

  • Section 1: Biochemical Reactions: Energy and Enzymes
  • Section 2: Photosynthesis
  • Section 3: Cellular Respiration

CELL STRUCTURE

  • Section 1: Cell Structure
  • Section 2: The Cell Membrane
  • Section 3: Chromosomes and Cell Reproduction
  • Section 4: Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction

GENETICS

  • Section 1: Mendel and Heredity
  • Section 2: The Chromosome Theory of Inheritance
  • Section 3: Human Genetic Traits
  • Section 4: DNA
  • Section 5: Protein Synthesis
  • Section 6: Biotechnology and the Genetics Revolution

EVOLUTION

  • Section 1: Descent with Modification
  • Section 2: Population Genetics

Course Outline Second Semester

HISTORY OF LIFE

  • Section 1 – Fossils and The Geologic Time Scale
  • Section 2 – The Precambrian
  • Section 3 – The Paleozoic Era: The Time of Ancient Life
  • Section 4 - The Mesozoic Era: The Age of Dinosaurs
  • Section 5 - The Cenozoic Era: The Age of Mammals and Birds

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY & CLASSIFICATION

  • Section 1 – Taxonomy
  • Section 2 – Prokaryotes
  • Section 3 – The Protista
  • Section 4 – The Plant Kingdom
  • Section 5 - Kingdom Fungi
  • Section 6 & 7 - Kingdom Animalia

PLANT STRUCTURE

  • Section 1 – Plant Organs, Tissues, and Cells
  • Section 2 – Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Section 3 – Plant Hormones, Nutrition, and Transport

ANIMAL ORGANIZATION

  • Section 1 – Animal Tissues
  • Section 2 – Animal Organ Systems and Homeostasis
  • Section 3 – The Integumentary System: Protection & Senses
  • Section 4 – The Circulatory System: Transport of Materials within the Body
  • Section 5 – The Lymphatic System and Immunity: The Body's Defense
  • Section 6 - The Digestive System: Getting Food and Nutrients into the Body
  • Section 7 - The Nervous and Endocrine Systems: Control of the Body
  • Section 8 - The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Section 9 - The Respiratory and Excretory Systems: Exchange of Materials
  • Section 10 - The Reproductive System and Human Development

POPULATION ECOLOGY

  • Section 1 – Population Growth
  • Section 2 – Community & Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Section 3 – The Biosphere and Mass Extinctions

Essential Software:

Textbook

  • Biology
  • Stephen Nowicki
  • Houghton Mifflin 2012
  • ISBN: 0547687796