District Syllabus
Principles Of Biology Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: $34
Prerequisites: Placement at the college level or completion of the appropriate exit-level developmental course(s) with a grade of “C” or better or
ENC0025 Developmental Writing II And
MAT0028 Developmental Mathematics II
Corequisites: BSC1010 Principles Of Biology
Catalog Description:
A laboratory course which provides hands-on exercises to complement 
the material in lecture course BSC 1010. Required for biology 
majors. Meets A.A. general education Category VI.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Olive, et. al.. Laboratory Manual for Integrated Principles of Biology, Revi ed., Pensacola State College, 2009. ISBN: 0010197478
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes

I.  Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of 
their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing results into the creative process.
A. Students will learn to evaluate data (text, numerical, and/or 
graphical) for validity, recognizing when conclusions are reached or 
decisions made in the absence of complete information.
B. Students will learn to discriminate between inductive and 
deductive reasoning as it pertains to biological science.
C. Students will remain open to new information in the biological 
science and its application in the present society.

II. Communication:  Students will develop effective reading, 
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
on literal and figurative levels
A. Students will learn to read and discuss biological information 
contained within textbooks, journal articles, and/or internet 
B. Students will learn to listen actively, partaking in dialogue 
civility and respect while working as teams to collect data.
C. Students will learn to write clear, organized prose, using 
standard English, to demonstrate their understanding of biological 

IV. Information Management: Students will use effective strategies 
collect, verify, document, and manage information from a variety of 
A. Students will learn how to use information seeking strategies 
necessary to access information efficiently and effectively.
B. Students will learn how biological information is produced and 
C. Students will learn how to identify and use appropriate 
technology, including computer resources, to address biological 
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of BSC1010L, the student will be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method
2.  Display proficiency in slide preparation and microscope technique
3.  Identify subcellular structures in both unicellular and     
    multicellular eukaryotes
4.  Identify different classes of biological macromolecules using 
    chemical techniques
5.  Describe and identify the effects of tonicity on animal and 
    plant cells
6.  Measure CO2 and O2 production chemically and mechanically from  
    cells undergoing both photosynthesis and respiration.
7.  Identify factors that can influence the rate of respiration and 
8.  Identify subcellular structure and the stages of mitosis in both 
    animal and plant cells
9.  Describe the differences among plant, animal, and fungal life 
10. Solve basic genetic problems including those involving non-
    Mendelian models
11. Understand how changes in experimental and environmental 
    conditions can affect enzyme kinetics 
12. Read and interpret scientific data including tables and 
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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