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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL104
COURSE TITLE:Animals & Society
DIVISION:Sciences
IAI CODE(S): L1 902L
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:4
CONTACT HOURS:75
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:180
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Animals and Society is a general course in which the process of scientific inquiry is explored using animals as a model system. The exploration of the animal kingdom will include a discussion on cellular structure/function, homeostasis, evolutionary theory, ecological relationships, reproductive strategies (sexual and asexual), basic heredity principles (DNA, RNA, Mendelian genetics), and a basic introduction to classification within the animal kingdom. An emphasis will be placed on economic, environmental, and symbiotic relationships with a focus on human interactions.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101 and MATH107.

NOTES: A lab is required for this course.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method to solve problems.
  • Identify principles uniting the animal kingdom at a molecular level (cell structure, function, reproduction, etc.), an organismal level, and an evolutionary level.
  • Explain ways animals reproduce and pass on genetic information Identify specific examples of how homeostasis is maintained based on cellular function and interaction.
  • Discuss the impact humans are having on biodiversity through environmental changes Identify the basic principles of evolutionary theory and indicate how those principles have influenced modern day populations.
  • Identify ecological concepts that demonstrate the balance that exists between animals and their environment.
  • Describe the current struggles facing animal populations and methods taken to help/prevent loss of biodiversity.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Lecture Outline
  1. Introduction (4%)
    • The scientific process and how it works.
    • The features and characteristics of life.
  2. Cells (20%)
    • Prokaryotic vs Eukaryotic cells
      • Compare and contrast features
    • Characteristics of cells
      • Shared characteristics of animal cells
      • Features unique to some animal cells using real world examples
    • Homeostasis at the cellular level
      • Cell transport, cell communication, etc.
      • How and why homeostasis is essential to life
    • Colonial vs multicellularity
  3. Reproduction (18%)
    • Cellular – mitosis vs meiosis
      • Events of mitosis
      • Events of meiosis
      • Comparison of mitosis and meiosis
    • Organismal - Asexual vs sexual
      • The role of mitosis in asexual reproduction
      • The role of meiosis in sexual reproduction
      • Benefits and downsides to both asexual and sexual reproduction
      • How mitosis and meiosis can be used for medical purposes - reproductive and therapeutic cloning
      • Development of cancers from uncontrolled cell division
    • Flow of information in a cell
      • Central dogman - DNA á RNA á Protein
      • A brief survey of biotechnology and its beneficial applications and potential
    • Basic inheritance
      • Mendelian genetics
      • The inheritance of diseases and disorders
  4. Evolution (12%)
    • Development of the current Theory of Evolution
      • History of evolutionary theory
      • Darwin's role and the development of his ideas
      • Current applications of evolutionary theory
    • Evidence supporting evolutionary theory
      • Microevolution versus macroevolution
      • Understanding phylogenetic relationships
    • Evolutionary processes resulting in modern biodiversity
      • Hardy-Weinberg Theorem
      • Genetic drift
      • Natural selection vs Artificial selection
        • Nature guided selection or man guided selection
      • Sexual selection
      • Effect on modern gene pools
    • How deleterious genetic diseases and disorders remain in the population even through natural selection places pressure against them - carriers and heterozygous advantage
  5. A Look through the Animal Kingdom (10%)
    • Developmental patterns within the animal kingdom
      • Cleavage patterns
      • Deutrostome versus protostome
      • Body cavity differences
      • Germ level differentiation
      • Use of stem cells, reproductive cloning, therapeutic cloning, etc.
    • A survey of the major phyla compromising the animal kingdom
      • A walk through the 8 major phyla
      • Major features that define each phyla
      • A look at representative animals from each
    • The ecological significance of each of the phyla
  6. Ecology (15%)
    • Basic principles governing ecology
    • Biotic vs abiotic
    • Interspecific interactions
    • Interconnectedness of communities
    • Current ecological concerns
    • Conservation of biodiversity

Lab Topics:

Activity Title: Description: Student Outcome/Skill: Delivery Method: Time (hours):
Taxonomy Students will become familiar with our current taxonomic system for animal classification Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method to solve problems Hands on 2 hours
Introduction of Microscopes Students will learn how to properly use a compound light microscope and a stereoscopic dissecting scope Identify specific examples of how homeostasis is maintained based on cellular function and interaction Hands on 2 hours
Cells Students will examine various vertebrate tissues and observe/identify different single-celled organisms Identify specific examples of how homeostasis is maintained based on cellular function and interaction Hands on 2 hours
Mitosis Students will examine slides and models showing the various stages of animal mitosis Explain ways animals reproduce and pass on genetic information Hands on 2 hours
Meiosis Students will watch a video about sexual reproduction and complete a worksheet Explain ways animals reproduce and pass on genetic information Video 2 hours
Evolution Students will model various evolutionary mechanisms to better understand how they drive population change Identify principles uniting the animal kingdom at a molecular level (cell structure, function, reproduction, etc.), an organismal level, and an evolutionary level Hands on 2 hours
Animal Kingdom I Students will explore the major phyla in the animal kingdom through examination of microscope slides, preserved specimens, dissected specimens Identify principles uniting the animal kingdom at a molecular level (cell structure, function, reproduction, etc.), an organismal level, and an evolutionary level Hands on 2 hours
Animal Kingdom II Students will explore the major phyla in the animal kingdom through examination of microscope slides, preserved specimens, dissected specimens Identify principles uniting the animal kingdom at a molecular level (cell structure, function, reproduction, etc.), an organismal level, and an evolutionary level Hands on 2 hours
Animal Kingdom III Students will explore the major phyla in the animal kingdom through examination of microscope slides, preserved specimens, dissected specimens Identify principles uniting the animal kingdom at a molecular level (cell structure, function, reproduction, etc.), an organismal level, and an evolutionary level Hands on 2 hours
Ecology Students will explore the impact climate change is having on our environment using real life data to analyze environmental changes that are occurring now and predicted in the future Discuss the impact humans are having on biodiversity through environmental changes Identify the basic principles of evolutionary theory and indicate how those principles have influenced modern day populations. Hands on 2 hours
Ecology Students will watch a documentary regarding the current state of our global environment and complete a worksheet and have a discussion about what is seen Discuss the impact humans are having on biodiversity through environmental changes Identify the basic principles of evolutionary theory and indicate how those principles have influenced modern day populations. Video 2 hours
Ecology Project Students will design a project to benefit a native animal group. Lab time will be dedicated to developing the design, planning the event (if necessary), building it (if necessary), and delivering it (if necessary) Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method to solve problems

Describe the current struggles facing animal populations and methods taken to help/prevent loss of biodiversity
Hands on 2 hours
Visit to Land Lab Students will visit out local land lab and carry out an activity to determine species richness and diversity Identify ecological concepts that demonstrate the balance that exists between animals and their environment. Hands on 2 hours


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Required Texts:
Custom book created through McGraw-Hill Create from various non-majors biology text books

Laboratory Manual:
Custom Lab Manual created through McGraw-Hill Create from various majors/non-majors/zoology lab manuals


EVALUATION:

The student will be tested on the material covered through the semester in lecture and lab. The lecture quizzes will be done on Blackboard (an online learning platform). There will also be a project based on the development of a conservation plan for a currently threatened species of animal. Student will be evaluated on the following point system:

Post Lab Assignments
4 Lecture Exams
10 Lecture Quizzes
Final Project
Final Exam
100pts
400pts
100pts
100pts
150pts

Grading Scale:
A- 765 and above
B- 680-764
C- 595-679
D- 510-594
F- Below 510

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2019

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