This course is an introduction to biology and chemistry, stressing the relatedness and interdependence of biological concepts and their associated chemical features.


Greetings!  Your Course Shell provides you with several examples of possible assignments.  This LibGuide will address some of those while introducing resources to assist you with your research. These will fall in four broad categories.

Background Sources
These are resources to help you develop a basic understanding of a topic and perhaps help you locate resources for your Project.  These are typically online encyclopedias and dictionaries which are a useful starting point and helpful for background information.  These resources typically should not appear in your final draft.

Library Databases
There are online reference and periodical resources to which DeVry University subscribes.  You may be familiar with some of these while others may be new to you.

All of the Library's books are eBooks accessible online

Open Access
There are a growing number of online journals which are usually free to the reader.  They are self-archiving and sometimes free of  copyright and licensing restrictions (you still must cite them if you use them).  Their costs are supported by publication fees paid by authors or are externally subsidized.  The quality of open access publications varies considerably.  Some are quite reputable while others are fronts for special interest groups. 

Course Prerequisites

No prerequisites needed for this course.

Terminal Course Objectives

Course Objectives (COs) define the learning objectives that the student will be required to demonstrate by course completion.

1 Given a causal observation and a proposed hypothesis, suggest another possible interpretation and a series of experiments to test these hypotheses. Example: The more it rains, the larger the cattle grow. Therefore, cattle absorb rainwater like a sponge to grow larger.

2 Given the matter surrounding you right now in your room, propose a classification scheme and analyze its structure and physical and chemical properties.

3 Given an unbalanced chemical reaction such as combination, decomposition, replacement, or oxidation-reduction, and the moles of the reactants, calculate the moles of each product.

4 Given separate known solutions of acid and base, including molarity and volumes, calculate the molarity of the products in the combined solution.

5 Given a list of organic compounds and biological macromolecules such as lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and DNA/RNA, analyze their structures and differentiate between their major functional components.

6 Given a bacterial cell, a plant cell, and an animal cell, classify each as prokaryotic or eukaryotic, compare and contrast their structure, and evaluate how structure relates to function.

7 Given a plant and a bacterial culture, analyze how each takes up nutrients from the environment, produces energy, and uses the resulting stored energy to synthesize cellular structures.

8 Given photographs of HIV, a bacterium, and a fruit fly, analyze the pathways of genetic information within each and explain how this information can be used.

9 Given a person with a hereditary trait or condition (such as curly hair, color blindness, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, etc.), write a summary that explains the genetics of inheritance.

10 Given a photograph of a biome such as a tropical rainforest, analyze the factors that lead to the diversity of life found there.

11 Given an ecological scenario illustrating the interdependence of living things, such as grasslands or temperate deciduous forests (TDF), select one ecosystem and analyze the way energy is transferred and the material cycles that sustain the community or organisms (biomass pyramid).

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