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Program: Science

Course: Biology

Grade: 12

Level: University

Semester: 1

Teacher Name: Michael Laliberté


Introductory Paragraph

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems.  Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics.  Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Course Documents

Units Of Study

  • Unit 1 – Biochemistry (ch. 1-2)                    The Atom, Bonding, Biomolecules                      September
  • Unit 2 – Metabolic Processes (ch. 3)           Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis              October
  • Unit 3 – Molecular Genetics (ch. 4-6)         DNA replication; Protein synthesis                    November
  • Unit 4 – Homeostasis (ch. 7-10)                   Urinary, Hormone, & Nervous Systems            December
  • Unit 5 – Population Dynamics (ch. 14-15)  Population trends & Growth                                January



 SBI4U – Historical Figures of Biology Assignment           September 2017

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Nothing happens in a vacuum. We often study important concepts or ideas in science/biology and we learn the names of those who contributed them.  First, we know little of the first contributors to biology. We do not realize that people explored biology for more than 2000 years! And when we learn about modern biology we rarely learn much about who made the discoveries and how they came about their discoveries. Louis Pasteur is credited with the process of pasteurization, which is still in use today, but how did he figure it out in the first place? Watson and Crick are known for ultimately discovering the shape of DNA, but why do some consider their methods dubious? And why is Crick considered sexist and racist today?  Why would vaccinations not be discovered today? And what do cows have to do with it?


Your task is to select and research one of the historical figures or concepts listed below and to prepare a presentation highlighting both the major biological contributions and the personal backgrounds and beliefs involved by individuals or groups. This may involve learning about the cultural context of the time.


You will hand in your research notes with references (turnitin – course website). Once these have been approved you will prepare and give a presentation for your classmates. This should be approximately 5 minutes (min.) and must be visual in nature (ppt). Make sure your oral presentation is engaging and professional.

Only one person can pick each topic. Here are the possible historical figures and concepts:

Hippocrates                                                                           Almaeon of Croton

Empedocles of Agrigentum                                                Anaxagoras of Clazomenae

Democritus                                                                            Aristotle

Herophilus                                                                        Erisistratus

Pliny the Elder                                                                       Celsus

Galen of Pergamon                                                         Rhazes

Avicenna                                                                                 Averroes

Leonardo da Vinci                                                                Vesaliuis

Paracelsus                                                                              Servetus

Realdus Columbus of Cremona                                         Sanctorius

Francis Bacon                                                                        Francesco Redi

John Tyndall                                                                          A.I. Oparin

Stanley Miller                                                                        Robert Koch

Paul Ehrlich                                                                           Alexander Fleming

Antoine Lavoisier                                                                  Edward Jenner

Rene Descarte                                                                       Nicolaus Steno

Albrecht von Haller                                                             Claude Bernard

Stanley Miligram                                                                  Tuskegee Syphilis

Study by Willowbrook                                                         Study by Marie Curie (x-ray)

Nancy Oliveri and the pharmaceutical company           Francis Crick

James Watson                                                                         Henrietta Lack and HeLa cells

Placebo Effect                                                                         Quarantine History

Joseph Lister                                                                          Karl Landsteiner

Anesthesia                                                                                Fahlberg and Saccarin

Human Genome Project




Video Resources

Video 1 Cell Structure


Video 2 Cellular Membrane

Middle part of the video is particularly good for 3D demonstration of the cellular membrane.

Polymerase Chain Reaction

Very good graphics and explanation.


Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism

There is no audio with this one. It walks through, with great written explanation the “how” of RFLP. The end also has a summary table much like the text book, comparing RFLP and PCR.

Sanger Dideoxy Sequencing (Finding the correct sequence of nitrogenous bases.)

The video is slow and deliberate. It does a very good job of explaining the dideoxyribose component and how its used.

Urinary system – Nephron

Very good graphics of parts and function of the kidneys and nephrons.

Homeostasis: Endocrine System

Very long video. First part does a good comparison of endocrine system and nervous system.

Important Dates

ISU Topic Selection – Friday, September 22, 2017

Unit 1 Test – Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Course Code: SBI4U

Enrollment Key: LifeGiver

Class ID: 16116506

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