Introduction to Biology Lab

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Course Number: BIO101L
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This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine's Introduction to Biology course. Students will complete at home laboratory experiments, track and record results and take lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and supplemental online materials. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into laboratory sciences.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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  • 10/31/14 by emjoyt
    Really the only good thing about this course is that it will save you money. The lab is difficult to understand and will take more time to complete because there is no instructor to ask questions. There is a lot of self-teaching happening if you decide to take this lab.
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  • 10/31/14 by emjoyt
    Really the only good thing about this course is that it will save you money. The lab is difficult to understand and will take more time to complete because there is no instructor to ask questions. There is a lot of self-teaching happening if you decide to take this lab.
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  • 9/3/14 by dlmeena
    The course was very straight-forward. The Lab kit contained everything that was needed and was very interesting to use.
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  • 9/3/14 by dlmeena
    The course was very straight-forward. The Lab kit contained everything that was needed and was very interesting to use.
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  • 9/1/14 by betancourtfamily6
    Relatively simple lab to accompany the Intro to Bio course
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  • 9/1/14 by betancourtfamily6
    Relatively simple lab to accompany the Intro to Bio course
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  • 8/23/14 by rbguerrero
    Great class learned a lot.
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  • 8/23/14 by rbguerrero
    Great class learned a lot.
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  • 8/22/14 by emily.m
    Helpful to get lab out of the way however needs more structure.
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  • 8/22/14 by emily.m
    Helpful to get lab out of the way however needs more structure.
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  • 8/19/14 by samsowa2004
    It was great. I will grade 10 out of 10
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  • 8/19/14 by samsowa2004
    It was great. I will grade 10 out of 10
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  • 8/6/14 by mikeandmikes4
    Great course- Lab materials are very organized and easy to use.
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  • 8/6/14 by mikeandmikes4
    Great course- Lab materials are very organized and easy to use.
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  • 7/21/14 by bmatthews674
    This course was a great way for me to learn how to conduct scientific experiments without me having to leave home.
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  • 7/21/14 by bmatthews674
    This course was a great way for me to learn how to conduct scientific experiments without me having to leave home.
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  • 6/17/14 by jacob.ressel
    The lab was fun and informative. Although, taking the lab only portion was difficult, because some of the knowledge tested on was not provided in the lab only.
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  • 6/17/14 by jacob.ressel
    The lab was fun and informative. Although, taking the lab only portion was difficult, because some of the knowledge tested on was not provided in the lab only.
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  • 6/3/14 by Kristinad.a
    The course was simple but not to simple and was easy to finish in a short amount of time.
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  • 6/3/14 by Kristinad.a
    The course was simple but not to simple and was easy to finish in a short amount of time.
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  • 11/25/12 by toddhinderman
    Easy to understand and straightforward
  • 11/12/12 by alucas
    I did enjoy the tests layout. The length gave me plenty of time to think through each questions.
  • 11/9/12 by meredith_ben
    I enjoyed being able to go at my own pace.
  • 11/1/12 by moka.mouse15
    I enjoyed the hands-on lab experiments. They were interesting and examples of real-life applications of the acquired information.
  • 10/31/12 by Dori M.
    I enjoyed the lab experiments
  • 10/16/12 by daniels.paola
    I like the flexibility.
  • 10/9/12 by melody.board
    I liked being able to go at my own pace because some topics were difficult for me and required more time while others were easy and I could complete them quickly.
  • 9/12/12 by alwilliford
    I liked reading the book.
    It explained more than the tutorials
  • 8/29/12 by mellysmelly7
    I liked that I could take the class at my own pace.
  • 8/6/12 by gbyrum
    I liked that the pace was up to me. My work schedule is inconsistent, so I had to work on the class whenever I had the chance.
  • 6/10/12 by edwardvillaros
    I liked the lab exams because of how the questions and test was laid out
  • 6/9/12 by kylehausam
    I liked the lab portion. Very interesting. You not only get to read about how things work but also get to see how they work and grow.
  • 6/9/12 by dfdff79
    I liked the labs
  • 6/8/12 by marilynplummer
    I liked the labs
  • 6/8/12 by johanna.hilfiker
    I liked the labs
  • 5/29/12 by robert_goff1
    I liked the lessons definately helped understand what would be on the exam
  • 5/27/12 by benjamin.bolognini
    I liked the My Grades tab because I can track my success. I did not like how the grade showed
  • 3/22/12 by jmkiser33
    I think the exams and the new timer that was put in were a nice touch. That web site structure is easy to move around in. The format of classes as an individual pace is great.
  • 3/20/12 by lukejohn58
    I thought the book was easy to understand
  • 2/28/12 by raymonddmanley
    Labs were fun
  • 2/19/12 by dadurbano
    Self paced work allowed me to manage my work and home life
  • 2/8/12 by sharitaoneal
    The checklist really helped. I am a visual learner so seeing what I needed to do helped alot. I didn't think I was really into Science but taking this course has really changed my mind. I found myself thinking about what I was learning ALL the time. The text was an excellent choice!
  • 1/23/12 by Donny702
    The labs were actually pretty interesting.
  • 1/22/12 by zfgameguy
    The labs were the best part of the course. They were interesting and fun.
  • 1/22/12 by sarahelizabethhostetler
    The labs were the most interesting because they were hands on.
  • 1/15/12 by brownz1097
    The online flexibility and online exams made it easy to complete the course at my own pace, and eliminated the inconvenience of scheduling and traveling to find a suitable exam proctor.
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    the reviews helped on tests
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Course Objectives

After completing this course students will have,

  • Learn how work to safely in the laboratory
  • Understand how to make testable observations and hypotheses
  • Explore key concepts in biology
  • clearly define and relate all aspects of the cell cycle
  • understand and describe each structure of the cell and their roles
  • Explore photosynthesis
  • Understand Mendelian genetics
  • Discuss heredity and mutation
  • Have an understanding of the Ecology of organisms
  • Understand mutation.
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Objectives

1

Introduction to Science
  • Apply the scientific method, including making observations, developing hypotheses, identifying variables and controls, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions
  • Use calculations and measurements to connect percent error, significant figures, conversions, accuracy and precision to scientific reasoning
  • Summarize how to write and format a lab report

2

Lab: Cell Structure & Function
  • Apply Cell Theory
  • Compare and contrast the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Identify eukaryotes and prokaryotes based on their cellular structure

3

Lab: Ecology of Organisms
  • Define ecology as interactions amongst organisms and their environment
  • Analyze the effects of abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem
  • Assess how generalists and specialists define their habitat tolerance

4

Lab: Energy and Photosynthesis
  • Identify the four principles of a chloroplast: thylakoids, grana, lamella,and stroma
  • Use photosynthesis to explain how the sun affects all organisms
  • Compare and contrast the light-dependent and light-independent reactions that occur during photosynthesis

5

Lab: Mitosis
  • Relate DNA to genes, alleles and chromosomes
  • Identify chromosomal structures during the various stages of the cell cycle including chromatin, sister chromatids, homologous chromosomes, and centromeres
  • Compare and contrast animal and plant mitosis
  • Apply the concept of ploidy to the human species
  • Explain the role of parent and daughter cells in cell cycle division

6

Lab: DNA and RNA
  • Compare and contrast the structure and function of DNA and RNA
  • Connect nucleotides, amino acids and proteins to the central dogma of the genetic code
  • Explain and perform a DNA extraction

7

Lab: Mendelian Genetics
  • Explain how Mendel’s work formed the foundation of modern genetics including the law of segregation and the law of independent assortment
  • Relate genes to homozygous, heterozygous, dominant alleles, recessive alleles, genotype and phenotype
  • Use monohybrid and dihybrid crosses to analyze patterns of inheritance including dominance, incomplete dominance and co-dominance

8

Lab: Population Genetics
  • Explain how genetic drift, the founder effect, mutations and natural selection affect a population’s gene pool
  • Use the Hardy-Weinberg equation to calculate gene frequencies within a population
  • Analyze the effects of stochastic events on genetic variation and frequency in the gene pool

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take Introduction to Biology with Lab, however it's recommended that the student has completed Introduction to Biology or its equivalent within the past 6 months.

This course utilizes custom lab kit from eScience Labs which costs $79 plus shipping. Click the kit code [kit1585] to purchase from eScience Labs. Purchasing the correct kit is essential to your success in the course.

NOTE - This course is now utilizing an updated kit from eScienceLabs, so please be sure to have purchased kit1585 to ensure proper alignment between your lab materials and the course content.

In order to save money for our students we have worked with ESL to eliminate certain household items which added to a much higher cost of standard kit. You will need to furnish the items below to complete the labs. Each item can be found at most grocery stores or in your pantry. Download the list.

Lab 2:
  • Aluminum foil
  • 4 gelatin packets (unflavored)
  • Bowl
  • 2 resealable bags (clear)
  • Household items that can represent cell structures (please see the course for examples)
Lab 3:
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Sunny location
  • Water
Lab 4:
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Light source
  • Pencil
  • Quarter
  • Scissors
  • Spinach leaves (fresh)
  • Tape
  • Water
Lab 6
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ethanol (must freeze for at least 60 minutes)
Lab 8
  • Access to a printer

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 500 points in the course*:

Topic

Assessment

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Lab Kit Code Assignment

40

1

Introduction to Science + Lab exam: Introduction to Science

85 + 35

2

Cell Structure and Function + Lab exam: Cell Structure and Function

85 + 35

3

Ecology of Organisms + Lab exam: Ecology of Organisms

85 + 35

4

Energy and Photosynthesis + Lab exam: Energy and Photosynthesis

85 + 35

5

Mitosis + Lab exam: Mitosis

85 + 35

6

DNA and RNA + Lab exam: DNA and RNA

85 + 35

7

Mendelian Genetics + Lab exam: Mendelian Genetics

85 + 35

8

Population Genetics + Lab exam: Population Genetics

85 + 35

Total

1000

*Please note that not every piece of the lab will carry a grade but any required materials (as reflected in lab instructions must be completed to be eligible for a transcript. Uploads required include lab exercises (Word documents) and digital photographs of laboratory exercises.  If these files are not submitted StraighterLine will not be able to provide students a final grade.

This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine's Introduction to Biology course. Students will complete at home laboratory experiments, track and record results and take lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and supplemental online materials. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into laboratory sciences.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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