MR-120 Marine Biology with Lab

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Course Title: Marine Biology

Campus:   National

Initiator:   Peltin Olter-Pelep

Date: 03/15/2021

Course description:  In the first part of this course, basic notions of cellular biology will be covered. Then this course will introduce students to the common forms of life inhabiting the oceans of the globe including the marine microbes, multicellular primary producers, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Their basic structure, function, natural history will be covered. Laboratory sessions and field exercise will focus mostly on the taxonomic groups.

 

COURSE HOURS/CREDITS:

 

 

 

Hours per Week

 

No.  of  Weeks

 

Total Hours

 

Semester Credits

Lecture

 

          3

x

16

=

48

=

3

Laboratory

 

          3

x

16

=

48

=

1

Workshop

 

 

x

 

x

 

=

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Total  Semester

 

Credits

 

 

               4

                     

PURPOSE OF COURSE:        

                                            [X] Degree requirement

                                            [   ] Degree elective

                                            [   ] Certificate

                                            [   ] Other

PREREQUISITES:  “C” or better in ESL 089 (Reading V)

PSLOS OF OTHER PROGRAMS THIS COURSE MEETS:

  

PSLO#

                             Program

3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.

 

3.5 Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.

General Education

 

   1)  INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Check all that apply)

 

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1. Effective oral communication: capacity to deliver prepared, purposeful presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

 

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2. Effective written communication: development and expression of ideas in writing through work in many genres and styles, utilizing different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

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3. Critical thinking: a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

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4. Problem solving: capacity to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

 

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5. Intercultural knowledge and competence: a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

 

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6. Information literacy: the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.

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7. Foundations and skills for life-long learning: purposeful learning activity, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence.

 

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8. Quantitative Reasoning: ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

2)  PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs): The student will be able

     to:

 

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of geological, geomorphological, physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.
  2. Apply fundamental knowledge of marine sciences towards identifying and critically analyzing, and outlining potential solutions for local, regional and global problems relating to marine systems.
  3. Apply the scientific process to formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and collect and analyze data from which valid scientific conclusions are drawn.
  4. Communicate effectively, in written and oral forms, utilizing the language and concepts of marine science.                                   

3)  COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (General): The student will be

     able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an enhanced capacity to observe, classify, make predictions, formulate hypotheses, analyze data, and derive conclusions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic biochemical molecules.
  3. Describe cellular structures and their functions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of energy, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis.
  5. Explain, and identify the forms of cell division.
  6. Explain the basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of marine life.
  8. Form connections between human activities and the effects on marine life.

 

4)  COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (Specific): The student will be  

     able to:

CSLO (General) 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an enhanced capacity to observe, classify, make predictions, formulate hypotheses, analyze data, and derive conclusions.

Student Learning Outcome (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

1.1 List the general steps in the scientific method.

2,3

2,3,4

Homework, quiz or test where student lists the steps for the scientific method.

1.2 Describe the general steps in the scientific method.

2,3,4

2,3,4

Homework, quiz or test where student describes the steps for the scientific method.

CSLO (General) 2: Demonstrate knowledge of basic biochemical molecules.

2.1 Draw the basic atomic structure.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student draws the basic atomic structure.

2.2 Describe subatomic particles and the three types of chemical bonds.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student describes subatomic particles and three types of chemical bonds.

2.3 Describe the mechanism of enzymes as catalysts in chemical reactions.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student describes the mechanism of enzymes as catalysts in reactions.

2.4 List the four major groups of biological molecules.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student lists the four major groups of biological molecules.

2.5 Describe the functions of the four major groups of biological molecules.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student describes the functions of the four major groups of biological molecules.

CSLO (General) 3: Describe cellular structures and their functions.

3.1 Differentiate between prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells, and viruses.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz, or test where student differentiates between prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells and viruses.

3.2 Identify the major cellular components.

2,3

 

1,2

 

Homework, quiz or test where student identifies the major cellular components.

3.3 Explain the functions of the major cellular components.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student explains the functions of the major cellular components.

3.4 Differentiate between plant and animal cells.

2,3,7

 

1,2

 

Homework, quiz or test where student differentiates between plant cells from animal cells.

CSLO (General) 4: Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of energy, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis.

4.1 Define energy.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student defines energy.

4.2 Explain the role of ATP in organisms.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student explains the role of ATP molecule in organisms.

4.3 Describe the concept of cellular respiration.

2,3,4

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student describes the concept of cellular respiration.

4.4 Describe the concept of photosynthesis.

2,3,4

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student describes the concept of photosynthesis.

CSLO (General) 5: Explain, and identify the forms of cell division.

5.1 Explain binary fission in prokaryotic cell division.

 

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student explains binary fission in prokaryotic cell division.

5.2 List the stages of the mitotic and meiotic cell division cycles in eukaryotic cells.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student lists the stages of the mitotic and meiotic cell division cycles in eukaryotic cells.

5.3 Identify the stages of the mitotic and meiotic cell division cycles in eukaryotic cells.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student identifies the stages of the mitotic and meiotic cell division cycles in eukaryotic cells.

CSLO (General) 6: Explain the basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics.

6.1 Define heredity, dominant, recessive alleles, heterozygous, homozygous, genotype, phenotype.

2,3

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student defines heredity, dominant and recessive alleles, heterozygous, homozygous, genotype and phenotype. 

6.2 Solve genetic problems involving monohybrid (single-factor) and dihybrid (double-factor) crosses.

2,3,4

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student solves genetic problems involving monohybrid (single-factor) and dihybrid (double-factor) crosses.

CSLO (General) 7: Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of marine life.

7.1 Define evolution, diversity, speciation, taxonomy, systematics.

 

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student defines evolution, diversity, speciation, taxonomy and systems. 

7.2 List the rules associated to binomial nomenclature.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student lists the rules associated to binomial nomenclature.

7.3 Identify the major taxonomic groups living in the oceans of the globe.

 

2,3*

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student identifies the major taxonomic groups found in the marine environment. 

7.4 Underline some basic morphological traits and ecological characteristics for a given group.

 

 

Homework, quiz or test underlines some morphological traits and ecological characteristics for a given group.

CSLO (General) 8: Form connections between human activities and the effects on marine life.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

8.1 Identify few examples of human impact on marine life and resources.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student identifies few examples of human impact on marine life and resources.

8.2 Explain the human impact on marine life and resources.

2,3,7

1,2

Homework, quiz or test where student explains the human impact on marine life and resources.

           

5)  COURSE CONTENT:

  1. The field of Marine Biology
  2. Biological Chemistry
  3. Cellular Structure and Function
  4. Energy
  5. Cell Division and Reproduction
  6. Genetics
  7. Evolution, Taxonomy and Classification
  8. Diversity of Marine Life

6)  METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION:

       

          [√ ]  Lecture                     [√ ]  Cooperative learning groups

          [√ ]  Laboratory               [√ ]  In-class exercises

          [√ ]  Audio visual            [√ ]  Demonstrations

          [   ]  Other

7)  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS:

Castro P. & M.E. Huber. 2010. Marine Biology. 9th  ed. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. New York, NY (USA) OR LATEST EDITION.

8)  REFERENCE MATERIALS:

Brusca R.C. & G.J. Brusca. 2003. Invertebrates. 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publ. Sunderland, MA (USA)

Karleskint G. Jr., R. Turner, J.W. Small Jr. 2013. Introduction to Marine Biology. 4th ed.  Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA (USA).

Levinton J.S. 2001. Marine Biology. Function, Biodiversity, Ecology. 2st ed. Oxford University Press. New York NY (USA) [1st ed available at the library : QH91.L427 1995]

Nybakken J.W. & M.D. Bertness. 2005. Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach. 6th ed. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings. San Francisco (USA)

Pechenik J.A. 2010. Biology of the Invertebrates. 6th ed. McGraw Hill Higher Education. New York, NY (USA) [the library has the 4th ed: QL 362.P43 2000]

Sumich J.L. & J.F. Morrissey. 2004. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life. 8th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publ. Sudbury, MA (USA)

9)  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS:

None.

10) EVALUATION:

A comprehensive final exam will be administered at the end of the semester. Students are required to pass with a grade of C or better.

 11) CREDIT BY EXAMINATION:

      None.

MR 120 Marine Biology Recommended by CC: 10/07/21
 

Approved by VPIA: 11/25/21

 

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