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  • Advanced Biology

    Course Syllabus


    Welcome to Advanced Biology

    Students taking Advanced Biology can expect to explore subject matter beyond the scope of general biology.  Areas studied include (but are not limited to) the biochemistry of cells, regulation of the cell cycle, evolution,  genetics and heredity, a taxonomic overview of the six kingdom systems and botany. Throughout the course, various current environmental issues and medical/bioethical issues will be presented. This course includes an in-depth look at comparative vertebrate anatomy and physiology, indicating evidence of possible pathways of evolution. Accompanying dissections may include the frog or mudpuppy salamander, fetal pig, shark, turtle, and snake.  The course meets seven periods in a six-day cycle.  

    Quarter 1-

    Unit 1: Inquiry

    -This unit will engage students in scientific discourse and analysis of publications to determine the significance.


    Unit 2: Chemical Foundations of Life

    -This unit will focus on properties of water and versatility of Carbon and the structure and function of the four major macromolecules.


    Unit 3: Energetics

    -This unit will provide the students with an understanding of the energy conversions that occur within organisms and their ecosystems.  This will include the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration.


    Unit 4: Cell Biology

    -The cell unit will focus on the three main jobs all cells have to do; make energy, make proteins and make more cells.  Students will learn the stages of the cell cycle, how it is regulated and how/why cancer can occur.


    Quarter 2-


    Unit 5: Genetics and Heredity

    -The genetics and heredity unit will focus on the molecular components including transcription, translation and regulation of genes.  It will also include patterns of inheritance.


    Unit 6: Evolution

    -The evolution unit will provide a variety of evidence from the fossil record, anatomical homologies, molecular homologies and artificial selection will be analyzed.

    Quarter 3-

    Unit 7: Ecology

    -In the ecology unit, students will learn about populations, communities, and ecosystems.  Students will be able to describe population growth patterns, interactions and interdependence amongst populations in a community.

    Unit 8: Microbiology

    -The microbiology unit will explore the unity and diversity of life at the microscopic level.  Single celled and colonial organisms belonging to the kingdoms will be studied.

    Unit 9: Botany

    -The botany unit will include the history of plants on Earth, obstacles early plants had to overcome to transition from aquatic environments to a gaseous environment, and basic plant anatomy and physiology.

    Quarter 4-

    Unit 10: Taxonomy-Animal Kingdom

    -The Animal Kingdom unit will look at the evolutionary innovations of the Big 9 phyla.  As students explore each phylum, they will look at how those animals maintain homeostasis, the trophic level at which they feed, and what unique traits and behaviors allow them to be successful.


    Re-do policy:

    1. Any student who receives a quiz/test grade lower than a 70% will be given the opportunity to redo the assessment.

    2. The student will come to a Muhltime to retake the test.

    3. If the student does not redo within 3 school days, the original grade stays.  If the assessment is not taken the student will receive a zero for that assessment.

    4. If the student re-takes the assessment they may score a maximum of a 70%.

    Lab Policy:

    Lab is an important part of every science course.  The purpose of lab is to explore the process of science.  Though most of your labs will be scripted, that is telling you what to do step by step,  the goal is that you become so accustomed to the skills of scientific inquiry that you could apply them to any new situation. 

    You will need to read and sign the lab safety contract as well as learn where in the room the safety materials are located.

    If a student misses a lab, an alternative assignment will be given.  It may be a written assignment or a virtual lab with a writing component.  The alternative assignment will be weighted equal to the actual lab.





    Text:   Biozone Biology for NGSS,  Holt Biology (Cheetah Book)

    Internet help sites: www.cellsalive.com



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