An Introduction to Basic Biology

Learn introductory biology in a few short weeks.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

An Introduction to Basic Biology is a course that covers information for a general high school or level one university biology course. It is designed as an 8 week course with textbook provided through OpenStaxCollege.

The course is useful for those individuals in a homeschool setting or for those who need extra instruction in biology. It is taught by a certified master tutor in Biology with six years of experience in biology courses and in instruction.

The course will be taught through PowerPoints, pre-recorded lectures, quizzes, worksheets, videos, and other interactive methods of learning.

What are the requirements?

  • BIOLOGY textbook, provided by OpenStaxCollege (https://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/biology)
  • Interest in science
  • Motivation to self-start

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
  • explain the scientific method
  • describe the basic chemistry of biology, including atomic structure and bonds
  • describe the four primary macromolecules, their structures, and their functions
  • identify the anatomical parts of a typical animal and plant cell
  • explain metabolism and the role of enzymes
  • describe the processes of cellular respiration
  • describe the processes of photosynthesis
  • explain the structure, function and replication processes of DNA
  • explain the processes involved in gene expression
  • describe the cell cycle and compare and contrast types of cell division
  • explain the basic rules of inheritance and genetics

What is the target audience?

  • High school biology students
  • University students in a Biology 100 introductory course
  • Homeschool students at the high school level

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Curriculum

Section 1: Foundational Information
06:27

An introduction to myself and what is expected of you in this course. Please make sure you have read over the syllabus and have the Powerpoint open as you listen to the lecture.

09:01

This lecture gives a basic introduction to the first foundation information that is required to understand later processes of biology. In this lecture you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is science and why do we study it?

2. What are the characteristics of life?

3. How are living things organized?

11:04

This lecture discusses the scientific method and how experiments are done. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is the nature of science?

2. What are the types of studies?

3. What is the scientific method and how is it used?

4. What is the difference between a hypothesis, theory, and a law.

12:19

This lecture will give a basic introduction to atoms, ions, and chemical bonds. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is matter?

2. What are atoms and what do they look like?

3. What determines how bonds are made?

4. What are the different kinds of chemical bonds?

09:48

This lecture covers the properties of water and acids and bases. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are the properties of water?

2. Why is water important to life?

3. What is pH and how is it regulated?

4. What are chemical reactions?

QUIZ 1
10 questions
5 pages

This lecture discusses the types of chemical reactions that are associated with macromolecules, as well as discussing the structure and function of carbohydrates and lipids. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What kinds of reactions are associated with macromolecules?

2. What are carbohydrates and how are they used?

3. What are lipids and how are they used?

5 pages

This lecture discusses proteins, their functions, and their structure, as well as basic information about nucleic acids. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are proteins and how are they used?

2. What do proteins look like?

3. What are nucleic acids and how are they used?

Quiz 2
10 questions
Article

Exam 1 covers the information from lectures the introduction to macromolecules. It has 35 questions and a time limit of 50 minutes.

Section 2: Metabolic Processes & Their Locations
12:00

This course discusses the basic parts of the eukaryotci cell. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are the two types of cells?

2. What are the basic parts of a prokaryote?

3. What are the basic parts of a eukaryote?

19:39

This lecture discusses the remainder of the parts of a eukaryotic cell, the structure of the cell membrane, and types of membrane transport.At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are the parts of a eukaryotic cell?

2. How are plant cellsdifferent?

3. What is the cell membrane and how is it used?

4. What are the types of transport?

Quiz 3
10 questions
06:20

This lecture discusses the basic properties of energy and how it is used and stored in biological systems. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is energy and how does it exist in living systems?

2. What are the two types of reactions?

3. What are the major metabolic pathways?

12:05

This lecture discusses the actions and structure of enzymes. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are enzymes and what do they look like?

2. How do enzymes work?

3. How are enzymes controlled?

4. How do enzymes interact with their environment?

Quiz 4
10 questions
08:28

This lecture discusses glycolysis, the first part of cellular respiration, as well as reduction-oxidation reactions. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are redox reactions and how do they work?

2. What are the types of respiration?

3. What is glycolysis?

08:13

This lecture discusses the second and third parts of cellular respiration--pyruvate oxidation and citric acid cycle. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is pyruvate oxidation?

2. What is the citric acid cycle?

08:54

This lecture discusses the final step of aerobic cellular respiration and how anaerobic respiration occurs. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is the electron transport chain and how does it work?

2. What is fermentation?

Quiz 5
10 questions
10:43

This lecture discusses photosynthesis, and how plants harness light energy. It covers the light dependent reactions. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. How do plant cells use light energy?

2. What are the light dependent reactions?

3. How are reactions joined together?

06:42

This lecture discusses the second part of photosynthesis, the light independent reactions. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is the Calvin Cycle?

2. How is carbon dioxide turned into a sugar?

Quiz 6
10 questions
Article

Exam 2 covers the information from cell structure to photosynthesis. It has 35 questions and a time limit of 50 minutes.

Section 3: Information Transmission & Cell Replication
13:01

This lecture discusses the basic structure and function of DNA, including important scientific discoveries. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What does DNA look like?

2. How do we know about the structure of DNA?

09:30

This lecture discusses how DNA is replicated. It goes through the processes of replication of the leading and lagging strands. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. How does DNA make copies of itself?

2. What are the steps of DNA replication?

3. What are types of DNA mutations?

Quiz 7
10 questions
08:20

This lecture discusses the method of RNA production and processing. It focuses on the production of mRNA for the purpose of protein synthesis. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is transcription?

2. How is RNA produced?

3. How is mRNA processed?

09:31

This lecture discusses the second part of protein synthesis--the process of translation. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. How is mRNA used to make a protein?

2. What happens if there are mistakes in the protein code?

Quiz 8
10 questions
07:00

This lecture discusses the basic parts of the cell cycle and how it is regulated. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are the stages of the cell cycle?

2. How is cell division controlled?

07:30

This lecture discusses how somatic cells divide through the process of mitosis. It discusses the stages of division and how they occur. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. How does DNA condense?

2. What are the steps of mitosis?

3. Why do cells go through mitosis?

Article

Exam 3 covers information from DNA structure and function to Mitosis. It has 35 questions and a 50 minute time limit.

Section 4: Genetics & Reproduction
11:06

This lecture compares and contrasts meiosis and mitosis. It discusses the major stages of meiosis as well as things that make meiosis unique. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is meiosis?

2. What are the steps of meiosis?

3. What is crossing over?

4. How is meiosis different from mitosis?

Quiz 9
10 questions
08:53

This lecture discusses basic inheritance and why we resemble our parents. It also discusses common problems that occur during meiosis. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is inheritance?

2. What are common chromosome abnormalities that may cause problems in gametes?

3. What is a karyotype?

14:12

This lecture covers basic genetic vocabulary as well as how we understand genetic inheritance today. It also discusses the basic types of inheritance. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are genetic terms dealing with genotype and phenotype?

2. Who was Gregor Mendel and what did we learn from his experiments?

3. What are the different types of inheritance?

Quiz 10
10 questions
Article

Exam 4 covers material from meiosis to Mendelian genetics. It also includes a few review questions from earlier chapters. It has 35 questions and a time limit of 50 minutes.

Article

This lecture is a conclusion of what has been reviewed during this course.

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Instructor Biography

Ms. Ley King, Certified Master Tutor of Biology

I have been a tutor at the university level for biology for 6 years. I currently work in the University of North Carolina school system tutoring anatomy, introductory biology, physiology, and microbiology. I am a certified master tutor with the College Reading and Learning Association, and undergo continuing training each semester. I have a bachelor's degree in Environmental studies with a concentration in environmental biology.

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