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The 2011 - 2012 Year-at-a-Glance Biology Time Line
Note: Time line is subject to change at the instructor's discretion.



What is Biology class all about?
The biological sciences are designed to help students understand the dimensions of science as it relates to life processes at the cellular, molecular and organism levels. The central dogma in biology, “structure determines function,” can be witnessed with cell organelles, plant transport systems, and enzyme-substrate interactions. Students will explore concepts such as the molecular basis of inheritance, flow of energy, and the characteristics, processes and functions of organisms such as plants, animals and bacteria. Students will also explore the types of relationships among organisms and their environments using inquiry and lab investigations.



UNIT
Unit 1: Review of the Scientific Method
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Unit 2: Introduction to Chemistry
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Unit 3: Cell Structure and Function
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Unit 4: Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis
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Unit 5: Mitosis and Meiosis
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Unit 6: Mendelian Genetics
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Unit 7: Molecular Basis of Inheritance
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Unit 8: Diversity Within a Species and Evolution
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Unit 9: Taxonomy
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Unit 10: Ecology
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Unit Title
By the end of this unit, students are able to...
Unit 1: Review of the Scientific Method
...design and conduct experiments following a scientific process, knowing how to select and use the appropriate equipment safely. They are able to make measurements using metric units and significant figures. They are able to describe various aspects of biology and how biology impacts their lives. They will be able to explain how biology and ethics are related.
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Unit 2: Introduction to Chemistry
...describe the structure of an atom and explain types of chemical bonds. They will also be able to describe the similarities and differences in macromolecules based on structure and function. They are able to work on assignments collaboratively.
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Unit 3: Cell Structure and Function
...identify the parts of a cell and the function of those parts. They will be able to distinguish between different types of cells. They will be able to use a microscope to view cells and their parts and for other investigations. They will be able to creatively express the relationship between cell structures and functions.
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Unit 4: Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis
...describe the structure of ATP. They will be able to explain the process of photosynthesis and respiration, how the processes are related, and their importance in providing energy for living organisms. They will be able to explain the results of each process. They are able to apply new knowledge as lifelong learners.
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Unit 5: Mitosis and Meiosis
...explain and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis. They will be able to compare asexual and sexual reproduction and the advantages of each. They will be able to describe the cell cycle. They are able to demonstrate effective work habits in completing assignments.
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Unit 6: Mendelian Genetics
...explain the contributions of Mendel to the science of genetics. They can identify various patterns of inheritance and explain how they occur while providing examples. They are able to work effectively in teams.
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Unit 7: Molecular Basis of Inheritance
...describe the structure of DNA and how it was discovered. They will be able to explain how DNA is copied and the information in DNA is translated and used. They will be able to explain what can happen if there are errors in any part of this process. They will be able to use appropriate technology to solve problems.
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Unit 8: Diversity Within a Species and Evolution
...describe different types of mutations and the effect of those mutations. They will be able to explain the role of mutations in diversity within a species. They will be able to explain the theory of evolution and evidence that supports the theory. They will be able to learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, gender, religion, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
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Unit 9: Taxonomy
...explain how the present system of classification was developed. They will be able to describe the characteristics of the major classification groups and provide examples. They will be able to demonstrate news skills as they learn about taxonomy.
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Unit 10: Ecology
...explain the factors that affect a population and its growth. They will be able to describe various element cycles and how energy moves through the environment. They will be able to describe the characteristics of various biomes and the roles organisms play in their environment. They will be able to give examples of ethical applications of science and technology.
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"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge."
- Carl Sagan