Principles of Biology: the Biosphere

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Biology
Course Code
BIOL 1110
Credits
5.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Tutorial
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course is an introduction to the biosphere, the diversity of life and biotic interactions. The anatomy and physiology of organisms are also studied. With Biology 1210, this course fulfills the requirements of a first year university Biology course.
Course Content

1. Introduction to Evolution and Taxonomy  

  • theory of evolution
  • introduction to components of the biosphere:  levels of organization (from cells to biosphere)
  • principles of taxonomy – binomial system of nomenclature
  • construction of dichotomous keys, and use of the microscope to examine cells, organisms
  • survey of major taxa, from viruses to animals


2. Introduction to Ecological Systems

  • organization of biomes
  • succession in terrestrial and aquatic habitats
  • population dynamics and community interactions
  • energy flow and nutrient cycling
  • analysis of experimental design in energy flow


3. Introduction to how various organisms accomplish:

  • support and movement
  • nutrition and digestion
  • respiration
  • circulation of gases, fluids and materials
  • reproduction
  • excretion of wastes
  • sensory perception and nervous condition


4. Laboratory techniques

  • techniques required for the use of common laboratory equipment
  • use of compound and stereomicroscopes
  • preparation of various wet mounts for microscope work
  • introduction to experimental methods
  • various plant and animal dissections
  • development of dichotomous keys
Methods Of Instruction

There are four hours of lecture or tutorials per week, and three hours of laboratory work.  The information content is integrated with laboratory experiments, problem sets, journal articles and textbook readings.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Evaluation Marks
Class tests and assignments   15-25
Laboratory assignments and quizzes  5-15
Laboratory examination - final 10-15
Comprehensive examination - midterm  25-35
Comprehensive examination - final 25-35
TOTAL 100

 

Notes:

1. Laboratory Experiments and Activities

Laboratory work will be assigned each week. The laboratory work must be completed in the week it is assigned. Laboratory experiments and assignments are a compulsory component of this course. A minimum of 50% of the laboratory experiments and assignments must be completed to receive a P or better in the course.


2. Examinations

There will be one midterm and one final examination. The final examination will cover the entire course. If the student achieves a better grade on the final exam than on the midterm examination, the midterm grade will be raised to equal that of the final examination.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Understand and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the biotic and abiotic components of the biosphere, their interactions and relationship to evolution.  
  2. Be capable of using and demonstrating techniques for identifying plants and animals, including use of the microscope and dichotomous keys.
  3. Understand and be able to explain the evolutionary relationships among major taxa.
  4. Understand and be able to explain the anatomy, physiology and functional relationships of certain organisms within each major group.
  5. Appreciate the scientific process, including the use of testable hypotheses.
  6. Be able to demonstrate the use of common laboratory equipment.
  7. Appreciate the study of Biology as a multidisciplinary activity.
Textbook Materials

Students should consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. For example, textbooks and materials may include:

Reece, J.B. et al., Campbell Biology. (Current Edition).  Benjamin Cummings.               

Douglas College produced manual. Biology 1110: the Biosphere.

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX BIOL 1XX (4) 2017/01/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU BIOL 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BIOL 1XX (4) 2013/01/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = CAMO BIOL 124 (4) & CAMO BIOL 126 (4) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BIOL 111 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = COQU BIOL 101 (4) & COQU BIOL 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to 2014/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BIOL 1110 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = LANG BIOL 1115 (4) & LANG BIOL 1215 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG BIOL 1XXX (4) 2004/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = NIC BIO 102 (3) & NIC BIO 103 (3) 1995/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC BIOL 111 (3) 2005/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BISC 1XX (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = SFU BISC 101 (4) & SFU BISC 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2013/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = TRU BIOL 1113 (3) & TRU BIOL 1115 (0) & TRU BIOL 1213 (3) & TRU BIOL 1215 (0) 2013/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = TRU BIOL 1110 (3) & TRU BIOL 1210 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BISC 120 (3) & TRU BISC 125 (1) 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (3) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (3) = TRU BIOL 1113 (3) & TRU BIOL 1115 (0) & TRU BIOL 1213 (3) & TRU BIOL 1215 (0) 2013/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BIOL 113 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UBCO BIOL 116 (3) & UBCO BIOL 125 (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UBCV BIOL 1st (8) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV BIOL 1st (4) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC BIOL 102 (4) 2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC BIOL 104 (3) & UNBC BIOL 124 (1) 2014/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BIO 112 (5) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC BIOL 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UVIC BIOL 184 (1.5) & UVIC BIOL 186 (1.5) 2015/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = UVIC BIOL 190A (1.5) & UVIC BIOL 190B (1.5) 2010/05/01 to 2015/04/30
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC BIOL 1XXX (4) 2020/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = VCC BIOL 1100 (4) & VCC BIOL 1200 (4) 2019/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU BIOL 1st (3) 2011/01/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) DOUG BIOL 1110 (5) & DOUG BIOL 1210 (5) = VIU BIOL 121 (4) & VIU BIOL 123 (4) 2011/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32459
Mon Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sigola
Lynette
Open
BIOL 1110 001 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L01, BIOL 1110 L02, BIOL 1110 L03, BIOL 1110 L04, BIOL 1110 L05, BIOL 1110 L06, or BIOL 1110 L07
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
29
6
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1812
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32460
Tue Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sigola
Lynette
Open
BIOL 1110 002 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L01, BIOL 1110 L02, BIOL 1110 L03, BIOL 1110 L04, BIOL 1110 L05, BIOL 1110 L06, or BIOL 1110 L07
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
16
19
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1812
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32461
Wed Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
McGregor
Robert
Full
BIOL 1110 003 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L01, BIOL 1110 L02, BIOL 1110 L03, BIOL 1110 L04, BIOL 1110 L05, BIOL 1110 L06, or BIOL 1110 L07
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
35
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1812
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32462
Wed Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
McGregor
Robert
Open
BIOL 1110 005 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L01, BIOL 1110 L02, BIOL 1110 L03, BIOL 1110 L04, BIOL 1110 L05, BIOL 1110 L06, or BIOL 1110 L07
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
32
3
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1812
8:30 - 10:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32463
Mon Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Jessa
Shamsa
Open
BIOL 1110 007 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L08, BIOL 1110 L09, BIOL 1110 L10, BIOL 1110 L11
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
15
20
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C1006
16:30 - 18:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32464
Tue Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Guppy
Leon
Open
BIOL 1110 004 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L01, BIOL 1110 L02, BIOL 1110 L03, BIOL 1110 L04, BIOL 1110 L05, BIOL 1110 L06, or BIOL 1110 L07
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
19
16
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1814
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32527
Mon Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Jessa
Shamsa
Open
BIOL 1110 006 Students must also register a non-conflicting closed lab sections: BIOL 1110 L08, BIOL 1110 L09, BIOL 1110 L10, BIOL 1110 L11
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
20
15
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C1006
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36273
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L03 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
24
6
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36274
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L05 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
17
13
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36275
Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L06 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
21
9
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36276
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L09 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 006, BIOL 1110 007
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
12
6
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36283
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L01 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 002, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
17
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36284
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Full
BIOL 1110 L02 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
18
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36285
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L04 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 002, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
7
23
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36286
Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L07 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 001, BIOL 1110 003, BIOL 1110 004, BIOL 1110 005
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
17
13
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36287
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L08 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 006, BIOL 1110 007
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
12
6
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36288
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L10 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 006, BIOL 1110 007
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
10
8
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
36289
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Open
BIOL 1110 L11 students must first register in one of the following BIOL 1110 lecture sections: BIOL 1110 006, BIOL 1110 007
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
2
16
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
12:30 - 14:20