BIOL 111 (Fall)

Principles: Organismal Biology



Instructors:
A. Hendry (Coordinator)
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 ext00880
andrew.hendry@mcgill.ca
G. Bell Redpath Museum (514) 398-6458 graham.bell@mcgill.ca
M. Cristescu N6/1 (514) 398-1053 melania.cristescu@mcgill.ca
A. Hargreaves
N6/11
(514) 398-7401
anna.hargreaves@mcgill.ca
A.M. L'Heureux (Lab Coordinator)
Lyman Duff, D6
(514) 398-6404
annemarie.lheureux@mcgill.ca
Workload:
3 credits (2-3-4)
Prerequisite(s): None
Restrictions:      
Not open to students who have passed CEGEP Biology objective 00UK (301) or equivalent, or BIOL 115. Enrolment in this course is limited.
       
Content:

This course introduces the basic principles of organismal biology through the study of representative groups of unicellular organisms, plants and animals. The principles include the origins of life, major events in the history of life, adaptations of organisms to particular environments, patterns of reproduction in plants and animals, form and function, physiology, locomotion, and behaviour in animals and ecology. 

1) PROKARYOTES, PROTISTS, AND FUNGI
The origin of life, photosynthesis, cellular organization, protists, algae, mosses and fungi.

2) PLANT EVOLUTION STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
Adaptations to terrestrial life among plants, morphology, physiology, reproduction, and life history of ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms.

3) ANIMAL EVOLUTION, STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
Early multicellular animals, tissue organization, muscular and skeletal system, body plans and symmetry, cephalization and nervous systems, adaptive radiations among mollusks, arthropods and chordates, respiration and respiratory systems, hormone function, circulatory systems, vertebrate evolution.

4) ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems and global change. Mechanisms of evolution and speciation.

       
Readings:
Biological Science, by Freeman, Harrington, Sharp, 2nd Canadian edition, 2014. This or any other recent general biology text book is optional to support your learning, but is not required reading for the exams.
Evaluation:
Course work (midterm and final exams); lab work, including weekly laboratory assignments, a student-paired lab research project with shared presentation.
Laboratory:
Weekly, 2 hrs. Exploration of microbial, plant and animal biology through the use of dissections, demonstrations, computer simulations and a student-paired research project.

Note: BIOL 111 and 112 serve as equivalents to required CEGEP courses and as pre-requisites to several key courses in Biology programs.
Note: Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course. Students who fail to attend will lose their place to others on the waiting list. Attendance at all labs is mandatory


McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information).

Last update: March 19, 2019


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