Teacher Name: Michael Laliberté
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.
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
Pliny the Elder Celsus
Galen of Pergamon Rhazes
Leonardo da Vinci Vesaliuis
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 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.