5 Brief Lessons on Biology

A Concise Study of Our Living World
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 12/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

This course, which is fully Closed Captioned and downloadable, will take you on an express journey through the foundations of biology. In just a few hours, you will have a mastery over the most fundamental content areas in the study of living organisms. This course is for college student looking to prepare themselves for their upcoming general education biology course, the high performing high school biology student or the parent that needs a little refresher in order to help their older child with their homework. This course is also a perfect primer for those looking to dive even deeper into biology with me here on udemy. Through hyper-focused lectures, screencasts and worksheets - you will feel confident that you have laid a solid foundation for success in the biological sciences.

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  • You must have an electronic device that can play the videos with audio to get the full experience of this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Master the key elements of our living world and what mysteries must still be explained.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed with the beginner biologist in mind. This course is a wonderful prep for taking a general biology course in school or setting a firm foundation for anyone's deeper exploration of the biological sciences. No prior science experience is required.

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Section 1: What is a Living Organism?

Learn how to decided if something is truly alive or not.

Is It Alive? Lecture Video Companion
8 pages

Prions, such as Mad Cow Disease, have made headlines across the world. Find out what they are and if we have any way to fight them.

Mystery of Life: Prions Lecture Video Companion
7 pages
Section 2: Genetics: The Fabric of Life

Take a look into classic Mendelian genetics with this brief overview of the foundations of our genetic code.

Classical Mendelian Genetics Video Lecture Companion
10 pages

Are made to order "Designer Babies" in our near future? Do we already posses the technology and if so, should we use it?

Designers Babies Video Lecture Companion
7 pages
Section 3: How Do Organisms Evolve?

The world, and it's organisms, are constantly changing. Discover the two primary drivers of evolution in "How Life Evolves".

How Life Evolves Video Lecture Companion
10 pages

Life began billions of years ago on Planet Earth, but how?

How Did It All Begin Lecture Video Companion
5 pages
Section 4: The Prokaryotes

Explore two of the three Domains of life in this look at the microscopic world of Bacteria and Archaea.

Prokaryotes Lecture Video Companion
8 pages

Dive deeper into the microscopic world of prokaryotes as you look at the details of these fascinating organisms.

Section 5: The Eukaryotes
2 pages

Print out and follow along with the video lecture using this worksheet to help you learn the organelles of eukaryotic cells.


Our most complex Domain, Eukaryotes are our plants, animals, fungi, and protists. Starting small, let's take a look at the complexity of their cells.

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Instructor Biography

Mary Poffenroth, Biologist and University Lecturer

During her nearly eight years of teaching at San Jose State University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, she has made innovation in science education a priority. Partnering with Wiley & Sons, she created original visual media and became a contributing author to the Visualizing Human Biology textbook and was the executive producer and host for the Wiley iWonder Series (2010-2012). Mary specializes in large lecture formats (125 to 400 students), reaching 2000 students every year, while leading a team of 14 student assistants. Leveraging her enormous class population, Mary created an outdoor, environmental student volunteer program in 2009. To date, roughly 3,370 students have volunteered almost 13,500 work hours to local, environmental non-profit organizations. In 2010 she received two honorable mention awards for producing and hosting the short film, "Coyote Valley: Connecting People, Connecting Wildlife", at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival. Mary loves getting people excited about science using visual media and has reached tens of thousands of viewers across the world with her Mahalo science videos.

In 2013, she became one of 15 faculty members to receive a Salzburg Fellowship to help promote the globalization of the SJSU campus. In January, 2015 she published an autobiographical article for the world renowned Science Magazine. Her first solo title " Write, Present, Create: Science Communication for Undergraduates" (Cognella, 2015) is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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