Introduction to Biology - International Christian University
Introduction to Biology in English, Spring Term 2019

    

Textbook: Campbell Biology 11th Edition
(or any other university level introductory text)

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells (BPAE Line)

BPAE cells are positive for angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), an enzyme that is intricately involved in the maintenance of blood pressure and volume. Due to this fact, BPAE cells are often utilized in hypertension research as well as studies of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

UPDATES ! Any updates to the course will be shown here during the term.


LECTURE UPDATE

April 9th class will introduce the course.

April 11th and 16th BIOMES

April 18th Kangaroos. A DVD about a mob of one particular type of kangaroo and their ecological niche.

April 23rd et seq. (4 classes) : The cell. 1. Overview. 2. DNA,RNA, the Central Dogma, protein modification. 3. Energy: mitochondria and chloroplasts. 4. Cytoskeleton, cell movement, cell division.

May 16th et seq. Prokaryotes, Protista, Fungi, Plants, Animals

June 13th Elements essential for life with a focus on nitrogen and nitrogen fixation.

 
MOVIES/ANIMATIONS UPDATE
A number of links have been added on the movies/animations page

 
REPORT BOX
You can deposit your report at box 17, room 114, honkan (closes at 16:45), or directly to me at the class.

 
COMMENTS ON ASSIGNMENT 1 click here

 
ABOUT GRADING AND THE EXAM
EXAM: Yes, an exam has been set in the timetable, but there will be no exam as such. I have set an exam in order to give more time for you to finish the 3rd assignment. If there is no official exam then I must complete grading much earlier. If there is an exam set, then grading can be submitted later, but soon after June 25th (due date of the 3rd assignment).
GRADING: There is an official ICU grading system, but I follow a different system due to the complexity of the subject and the fact that for many of you English is a second or third language. I will explain this different system in class.

Other Information

Dynamic weather map.
For a live view of wind, waves, currents etc.
https://earth.nullschool.net/
     

LECTURE SLIDES --- Some lectures slides will become available as the course progresses.

 
INTRODUCTION
Class of 9th April: Introduction. -- HTML
Class of 9th April: Introduction. -- .pdf

 
BIOMES
Class of 11th April: Biosphere: concepts + Tundra, Taiga, Temperate/Deciduous. -- HTML [Takes time to load]
Class of 11th April: Biosphere: concepts + Tundra, Taiga, Temperate/Deciduous. -- .pdf

Class of 16th April PART A: Biosphere: Grasslands, Mediterranean, Desert, Savannah. -- HTML [Takes time to load]
Class of 16th April PART A: Biosphere: Grasslands, Mediterranean, Desert, Savannah. -- .pdf

Class of 16th April PART B: Biosphere: Tropical forest, Aquatic. -- HTML [Takes time to load]
Class of 16th April PART B: Biosphere: Tropical forest, Aquatic. -- .pdf

 
CELL BIOLOGY
Classes of 18th April to 14th May (NB Public holidays on 30th April and 1st May)
Links to cell biology sides
MEMBRANES
NUCLEUS
TRANSCRIPTION/TRANSLATION : PART 1 --- PART 2 --- PART 3
ENDOMEMBRANE SYSTEM : PART 1 The role of the ER --- PART 2 Vesicles, GA, Lysosome
ENERGY : Mitochondria and chloroplasts
CYTOSKELETON : Introduction --- Intracellular and whole cell movement --- Actin, myosin, and muscle --- The cell cycle

 
UNICELLULAR AND MULTICELLULAR LIFE
Class of 16th May: PROKARYOTES. -- HTML
Class of 16th May: PROKARYOTES. -- .pdf
Classes of 21st/23rd May: PROTISTS. -- HTML
Classes of 21st/23rd May: PROTISTS. -- .pdf
Class of 28th May: FUNGI. -- HTML
Class of 28th May: FUNGI. -- .pdf
Class of 30th May: PLANTS part 1. -- HTML
Class of 30th May: PLANTS part 1. -- .pdf
Class of 4th June: PLANTS part 2. -- HTML
Class of 4th June: PLANTS part 2. -- .pdf
Class of 6th June: ANIMALS part 1. General Introduction, Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda. -- HTML
Class of 6th June: ANIMALS part 1. General Introduction, Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda. -- .pdf
Class of 6th June: ANIMALS part 2a. Mollusca, Annelida. -- HTML
Class of 6th June: ANIMALS part 2a. Mollusca, Annelida. -- .pdf
Class of 11th June: ANIMALS part 2b. Arthropoda, Echinodermata. -- HTML
Class of 11th June: ANIMALS part 2b. Arthropoda, Echinodermata. -- .pdf
Class of 11th June: ANIMALS part 3. Chordata. -- HTML
Class of 11th June: ANIMALS part 3. Chordata. -- .pdf

 
SPECIAL TOPICS
Class of 13th June: The elements required for life. -- HTML
Class of 13th June: The elements required for life. -- .pdf

 

ASSIGNMENTS --- Assignment topics will be shown here as the course progresses.

Notes:
There are three assignments
Use only four sides of A4 paper for each assignment, preferably both sides of two sheets of paper.
Reference your sources.
Do not copy/paste from the internet or other source.
Use illustrations/figures as appropriate.
Before writing, review the "Guide to writing an assignment".
For those of you who would like to have an A4 version of the checklist, here it is : checklist.pdf


The guide is simply a guide, an example; how your eventual report is made is completely up to you.
The guide shows section numbering; you can certainly number sections if you wish, it is up to you. It is meant to be a mental guide for planning your report.
The content of the report including figures and references should be about 4xA4 sides of paper (ie 2 sheets of paper using both sides).
If you wish to include the title page as a separate sheet it is OK.
My aim is to minimise the amount of work for you for each assignment so that you are not overworked, given that you have other courses to study.
The guide is actually meant for the Winter term Foundation in Biology class, so for introductory Biology it is simply a reference point.


FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Biomes)
Choose one of the biomes and write about it in detail.
DUE DATE : 14th May by 16:45 at Report Box.

SECOND ASSIGNMENT (Cell biology)
Choose one of the organelles or one of the three cytoskeletal filaments, and write about it in detail.
DUE DATE : 4th June by 16:45 at Report Box.

THIRD ASSIGNMENT (Single and multi-cellular organisms)
Choose an organism and write about it in detail. Consider (eg) its anatomy, development, life cycle, ecological niche, trophic status, interactions with other organisms, and so on. Use illustrations/figures. The organism can be anything that is of interest to you. If you are not sure then please email me.
DUE DATE : 25th June by 16:00 at Report Box.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the room 114 office completely closes on that day at 16:00.

REPORT BOX
You can deposit your report at box 17, room 114, honkan (closes at 16:45), or directly to me at the class.