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Program: Science

Course: Biology

Grade: 12

Level: University

Semester: 1, 2020-21

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.

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


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.

Video Photosynthesis CGI

Great Graphics. Good explanation.

Video Cellular Respiration CGI

Great Graphics. Good explanation.

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.

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Course Code: SBI4U 2020

Enrollment Key: Paradox

Class ID: 26878455

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