Introduction to Life on Earth Unit I: The Life of the Cell -The Chemistry of Life, Atoms and Molecules -Energy flow in the life of the cell *Principles of Enzyme catalysis /Lab/ -Cell the unit of life -Cell structure and function -Membrane structure and function -principles of Osmosis, Diffusion, Facilitated diffusion and Active transport -Photosynthesis -Glycolysis and Cellular Respiration *Plant pigment chromatography and photosynthesis /Lab/ Unit II: Inheritance -The Molecules of Heredity; DNA structure and replication -Gene expression and regulation; Protein synthesis -The continuity of Life, Cellular reproduction, Mitosis and Meiosis -Patterns of inheritance; Mendelian Genetics -Molecular genetics and Biotechnology *DNA Restriction and Analysis /Lab/ *Gene Transformation of E.coli cells /Lab/ End of Quarter I
-College level reading comprehension of science text and science articles -Ability to do independent work when required -Ability to think critically and creatively -Knowledge of computer and software application -Be able to participate in extensive class discussions -Ability to work cooperatively in a group setting -Well established laboratory skills
-Biology - Life on Earth - Text book (Audesirk) - newest edition -Internet connection to the text book -Various scientific publications -Haiku - posted lecture notes, videos, animations and websites for interactive learning -AP Biology Resources - AP Central
-Lecture / discussion / clicker questions -Interactive group work -Case studies and problem-based learning -Data analysis and synthesis -Laboratory exercises - both open ended inquiry based labs, and detailed labs borrowed from the AP Biology curriculum -Videos, animations, demonstrations
-Homework and essential knowledge application packets -Case study analyses -Data and experimental design analyses -Use and understanding of biological statistics -Lab write ups and critical evaluation -Involvement and Contribution in class discussions and lab activities -Unit tests (4+ chapters) that incorporate both essential knowledge, critical thinking, and science practice questions.
-Students will have an understanding and appreciation of the origin and diversity of Life on Earth -Students will have a college level understanding of the chemistry of life and the central importance of energy for living systems -Students will understand the principle of Continuation of Life; Cell structure, function and reproduction -Students will understand the Mendelian Laws of heredity; DNA structure, replication and expression -Students will be familiar with modern genetic engineering techniques -Students will be able to evaluate pros and cons of genetic engineering critically