GS102 Introduction to Life Science Full Course

GS102 Introduction to Life Science Full Course

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GS102 Week 1 “The Study of Life”

 

Properties of Life

 

Chapter 1 of the text highlights the nine properties of life. Briefly describe each of the nine properties and discuss how things like a virus, prion, and viroid can reproduce, but are not considered to be alive. Address the question: how can things like these that are not considered to be alive “evolve”?

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS102 Week 2 “Tour of the Cell”

 

Written Assignment: Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells

 

Module 2 introduces you to the living cell. Compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS102 Week 3 “Mitosis and Meiosis”

 

Genetic Counseling

 

Explain Tay-Sachs disease. Imagine you are a genetic counselor working with a couple who have just had a child who is suffering from Tay-Sachs disease. Neither parent has been tested for Tay-Sachs disease nor have there been any previous cases of Tay-Sachs in either family. Explain Tay-Sachs disease and provide a discussion of the information you would share with the couple about Tay-Sachs and possible implications for future children.

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

GS102 Week 4 “Genes and Heredity”

 

DNA and RNA

 

Compare and contrast DNA and RNA. Discuss why humans did not evolve with one central repository of DNA, but rather it is replicated throughout the body?

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

 

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS02 Week 5 “Viruses and Biotechnology”

 

Genetic Drift and the Founder Effect

 

There are two types of genetic drift. Describe and give an example of both the bottle neck effect and the founder effect.

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS102 Week 6 “Animal Reproduction, Development, and Behavior”

 

Similarities and Differences

 

Discuss the similarities and differences between organisms in the domains Bacteria and Archaea.

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS102 Week 7 “Ecology and Ecosystems”

 

Phylum Arthropoda

 

The Earth’s largest phylum is Arthropoda, including centipedes, millipedes, crustaceans, and insects. The insects have shown to be a particularly successful class within the phylum. What biological characteristics have contributed to the success of insects? In many science fiction scenarios, post-apocalyptic Earth is mainly populated with giant insects. Why don’t we see giant insects today?

Your assignment should be 250-500 words in length.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

 

 

GS102 Week 8 “Animal Form, Function, and Nutrition”

 

Final Project

 

You will be required to do a term paper on one of the topics listed below.

  1. Discuss how the unique physical and chemical properties of water contribute to the importance of water for life on Earth to survive.
  2. Discuss how the methods of experimentation and observation have changed throughout the history of science.
  3. Explain the role so called “accidental” discoveries played in the history of science.
  4. Describe the major experiments and scientists involved in the discovery of DNA as our hereditary material and its structure.
  5. Explain what role women played in the Scientific Revolution of the 18th Century? What role do women in science play today?

This assignment will be worth 20% of your grade.  Your paper should be creative and interesting, and should be a minimum 1500 to 2000 words in length. It should be well-organized and demonstrate an orderly flow of information that clearly addresses the subject chosen.

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly present well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling that affects clarity, and citation of sources as needed 10
Total 100

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