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This course will provide students with a basic understanding of an introductory level biology. It will contain video lectures and fill-in lecture notes. It is up to you how you would like to experience this course, fast-paced for test prep or more slow-paced for learners that want to take their time.
The course will cover most major aspects of a course in high school (advanced) or introductory college course. It can be useful to students (at any level) looking for additional help in biology topics.
I have 15+ years of experience teaching biology and chemistry at both the high school and collegiate level. The course will be taught with an appreciation for life's processes and applications to the real world will be integrated into lectures.
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|Section 1: Biology Basics|
This is the first lecture of our course. It will define biology is and explain the characteristics of life. Download the fill-in notes to accompany the lecture if you are looking to be active during the video. By writing down information, you will incorporate more neurons as you process and organize new ideas. You will be able to recall more than just listening/watching alone. Because of Udemy time limits on videos, I will break lectures into multiple parts (when necessary.)
This is part 2 of the first lecture.
Homeostasis (Part 2): Feedback Loops
|Quiz 1||5 questions|
This is a quick 5-question quiz to check if you are picking up pertinent information as you go through our lectures.
|Section 2: Building Cells|
This 4-part lecture will cover the chemistry of biology. Part 1 will go over the structure of atoms, subatomic particles, the periodic table and isotopes.
Part 2 will explain bonding and ion formation.
Part 3 explains the formation of the ionic bond and properties of ionic compounds.
Part 4 explains covalent bonding and hydrogen bonding.
Quiz: Chemistry of Biology
This lecture will explain water's integral connections to life.
Quiz: Water's Biological Importance
This multi-part lecture will explain the structure and functions of the building blocks of living matter. It will also explain the mechanism of building polymer from monomers.
Biomolecules - Lipids
Biomolecules - Proteins (Part 1)
Biomolecules - Proteins (Part 2)
Biomolecules - Nucleic Acids
|Section 3: Cellular Basics|
The Cell (Part 1): Cellular Basics
The Cell (Part 2): Membranes, Surface Area to Volume ratio, nuclei, DNA
The Cell (Part 3): The Endomembrane System
The Cell (Part 4): Additional Organelles
The Cell (Part 5): Cytoskeleton, Intracellular Junctions
Quiz: The Cell
The Cell Membrane
Cell Membranes (Part 2): Concentration Gradients, Permeability, Tonicity
Cell Membranes (Part 3): Passive/Active Transport, Bulk Transport
Quiz: Cell Membranes
|Section 4: Cell Reproduction|
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 1): The Cell Cycle
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 2): Stages of Mitosis
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 3): Cytokinesis and Binary Fission
Meiosis (Part 1): Overview
Meiosis (Part 2): Stages of Meiosis
Meiosis (Part 3): Meiosis vs. Mitosis and Genetic Implications
Meiosis (Part 4): Meiotic Errors
|Section 5: DNA and the "Central Dogma of Biology"|
This lecture will explain how DNA entered the scientific realm as the genetic material. Several famous experiments will be explained as well as the connection to figuring out DNA's structure. In parts 2 and 3, DNA replication will be explained.
DNA (Part 2): DNA Structure
DNA (Part 3): DNA Replication
DNA to Protein (Part 1): "The Central Dogma of Biology" and messenger RNA
DNA to Protein (Part 2): Transcription
DNA to Protein (Part 3): Translation
Quiz: DNA to Protein
I am a U.S. certified secondary teacher (Biology/Chemistry: 2000-2015, Michigan) as well as a professor at a Michigan college for 6 years.
Some of the scientific research I have been involved with include:
Plant allelochemics -a plant's set of self-defense mechanisms that allows it to kill off competitors. (Plants have multiple ways to battle others who are competing for their resources)
Mark-and-recapture research on a type of desert reptile, Michigan's “six-lined racerunner" whose out-of-place habitat exists in Michigan's thumb along a short stretch of roadside for only about 1500 meters. Efforts continue to establish the species ability to survive Michigan's harsh climate.
Radio-tracked and tagged rattlesnakes in Oakland County, Michigan as well as black bear tracking in northern Michigan.
Limnological research in Huron Township, Michigan, flora and fauna of native wetland habitats.
Bacterial hybridization with GFP, a green fluorescent protein that allows genetically modified species to glow in the dark.
Worked with Michigan DNR “stream-shocking" to assess the health of native fish stocks in the AuSable River system.
Pioneered the "flipped" instructional model in my current teaching employment. I deliver online instruction followed by application in the classroom. I am proud to help lead the paradigm shift in education, as to what is viable and practical in today's high-tech world.