Biol 1A General Biology for Majors – Cell and Molecular Biology

Biol 1A General Biology for Majors – Cell and Molecular Biology

General Biology for Majors (BIOL 1A)

This class is the first semester of a two semester series designed for students who are majoring in the Biological or Health Sciences. As we learn more about cells, and DNA and biotechnology we can find solutions to health challenges as well as appreciate the world around us

Units 5  Class 3 hours lecture 6 hours laboratory

Description: Introduction to general biology; Cell structure and function, metabolism, molecular and organismal genetics and animal physiology

College level chemistry (Chem 1A) is a prerequisite.  Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC  AA/AS area 1 CS area B2, B3 IGETC area 5B, 5C (C-ID BIO 190, 130S)

We use the Campbell Biology textbook as the textbook and a lab manual that was written by myself (and available through Canvas).   Most of the information is on the Canvas site for the class which you can access once you are enrolled in the class. Here is the syllabus that gives detailed information on course policies, assessments and  assignments and the detailed information on chapters covered in lecture and lab

BIOL 1A Blackie Syllabus Fall 2020


Spring 2021 1A calendar and syllabus will be coming soon but will be similar to Fall 2020

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define the functions of organelles and explain cellular processing including respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis and transcription/translation in class discussion and on exams.
  • Describe the chemical makeup of macromolecules and their importance in the structure and function of the cell
  • Explain the importance of DNA as the genetic information and define how it directs the functions of the cell.  Integrate knowledge of DNA with the concepts of genetics and biotechnology
  • Appraise ethical issues involves with the study of genetics, biotechnology and medicine and express this reasoning in classroom discussions
  • Write clear, well organized lab reports.  Analyze the results of laboratory experiments and evaluate sources of experimental error

Modifications for Online Learning

At Laney, we care about your health along with the health of our faculty and staff. Therefore Laney College, as well as the other three Peralta Colleges, will be offering classes this summer and fall. However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and recent shelter-in-place restrictions in effect in the surrounding Bay Area counties, we will be offering mostly online instruction, but will still have limited face-to-face instruction for laboratory classes. For the Biology & Chemistry Departments, that means some modifications of our courses in terms of lecture/labs schedules. We are also working together to ensure students who are taking classes in both areas are supported.

For Spring 2021, our courses will be following a hybrid format – Lectures for each class will be 100% online and the Laboratory portion for each class may be a combination of on-line and face-to-face instruction.  See the current Summer and Fall 2020 schedule in Passport

Check out the Laney Student Guide for What to Expect which contains general information about online courses. Laney also has Online Student Services. We also encourage you to take some time in the Peralta Student Resources – the Modules view gives you a good overview of what’s there. This website includes some great Tips for Success for Online Learning.

Here is my tentative plan for Spring 2021

Lecture:  This portion of your course will be “self-paced” with set due dates for completing review of videos before the related lab experiment

Lab: This portion of the course will be a little trickier.  Normally we would be in the lab 6 hours a week.  Since we cannot be in the lab, I have created pages with videos to help walk you through tha lab and then posted the important material you need.  Also we will be using Labster simulations – accessible through Canvas site. Some weeks we will have classes in B201 dividing up in groups to maintain social distance.

Week of Semester Time Location
2 – Enzymes M Group A 9 a.m – 1 p.m B201
W Group B 9 am – 1 p.m.
4 –Macromolecules W Group A 9 a.m – 11 a.m B201
W Group B 11:30  am – 1:20 p.m.
6 – Microscope/cells M Group A 9 a.m – 1 p.m B201
W Group B 9 am – 1 p.m.
11- Biotechnology – PCR and gel electrophoresis M Group A 9 a.m – 1 p.m B201
W Group B 9 am – 1 p.m.
13 – Antibody and Antigens M Group A 9 a.m – 1 p.m B201
W Group B 9 am – 1 p.m.

We will supply with you materials if need be
You will need a computer and internet access. We do use simulations labs (Labster) in this class you will need audio/video capabilities for class interactions and presentations.