Course: Introduction to Biology

V Introduction to Biology • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • [Summer course] • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Wednesday 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
Tuition: $150.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Introduction to Biology website.
* Description
This eight week course is designed to introduce students who have not previously taken a rigorous high school level science course to the basic concepts of scientific methodology and the key topics of biology, as preparation for an honors or AP biology course. Students will practice study skills required to succeed in the science courses they take, apply basic math concepts used in all sciences (including biology), and review key topics such as biological levels of organization, classification systems, the chemistry underlying metabolic processes, and the fundamentals of cell biology.

All students will perform simple experiments to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern biology and to develop proper experimental techniques (with an emphasis on lab safety). Students share their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions.

Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Biology 2017-2018 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking AP Biology will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online AP Biology course requirements. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students will be assigned exercises and lab work designed to introduce them to safe laboratory practices. AP students will be assigned further exercises and labs from the teacher's syllabus.
* Prerequisites
None required.
* Recommended background
Recommended: Completion of a junior high school level life-science course or either SO Natural Science I or SO Natural Science II.
* Instructor's Notes
There will be no meeting 29 June 2016.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Get Ready for Biology (Edition: 1)
Lori K. Garrett
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321500571
Publisher's website: Get Ready for Biology
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore


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