BIOSCI-100 - General Biology - Tara Gandomi
Hello and welcome to Biosci-100 class. My name is Tara Gandomi, and I will be your instructor for the semester. I have a doctorate in medicine and have been teaching biological sciences for about 10 years. I started teaching hybrid courses in Spring 2019 and have worked with a lot of great students with different backgrounds. If you are a nature enthusiast like me, you would probably enjoy taking this class. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing.
This course, explores the structure, function and development of living systems from cells to ecosystems.
Student Learning Outcomes
Lecture: Characterize the nature of science and scientific inquiry and describe and analyze biological concepts from cells to ecosystems on a basic level.
Laboratory: Evaluate and analyze data and observations based on standard methods of scientific inquiry.
What to Expect in this Course
Hybrid classes require strong organizational skills and self-discipline and your success depends on your continuous work from day one. Students should plan to spend 8-10 hours per week on coursework, regularly visit the Canvas pages to check on discussions, review the learning modules and complete weekly online homework assignments.
For this course, you must have an email address, regular access to reliable internet connection, a web browser, and a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word.
This class is hybrid. It means we will meet on campus once a week for our lab meetings. All material including recorded lectures, lab and lecture material and the weekly assignments will be available on CANVAS. Attendance to the first class meetings is mandatory.
Exams will be administered on campus during the lab hours. For more information please refer to the course syllabus.
Types of Assessments
Lecture and lab exams, homework assignments, discussions.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
1. Recommended Textbook:
Simon, E.J., Dickey, J.L., and Reece, J.B., Campbell Essential Biology, Pearson, 7th ed, 2019.
- The paper textbook is optional.
- You can purchase the book online from the publisher's website or from the campus bookstore (Prices may differ):
- Additional Lecture Resources:
2. Required Laboratory Manual:
BioSci 100 Lab Manual: Building Knowledge Through Experiments, 4th edition.
All students must have their own new copy of the lab manual. It is available for purchase only through the COC bookstore. You can download the digital copy posted on our class Canvas site.
Students should read and complete the lab handouts. The lab exam questions are mainly from the handouts. You also need to complete the online lab modules.
Other Relevant Course Information
Bio100 is a hybrid class. To confirm your place in the class, you should log in to the Canvas page and attend the first lab meeting. Otherwise, you will be considered absent and will be dropped from the class. You will also need to regularly check your email, visit the Canvas pages to keep up with the announcements, assignments, readings, and to take tests.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 05/31/2022 Sub#: 996