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    The content, assignments, and assessments for Biology for Non-Majors II are aligned to the following learning outcomes. A full list of course learning outcomes can be viewed here: Biology for Non-Majors II Learning Outcomes.

    Module 1: Define biology and apply its principles

    Introduction to Biology

    • List the defining characteristics of biological life
    • Discuss the history of the study of life and the diversity of life on Earth
    • Identify the main branches of biology
    • Describe biology as a science and identify the key components of scientific inquiry

    Module 2: Discuss the history of life on Earth

    History of Life

    • Explain the theory of evolution
    • Define species and identify how species form
    • Discuss the ways populations evolve
    • Read and analyze a phylogenetic tree that documents evolutionary relationships

    Module 3: Identify the different kinds of prokaryotes and common bacteria that infect humans


    • Discuss the diversity of prokaryotic cells
    • Describe the structure of prokaryotic cells
    • Identify the metabolic needs of prokaryotes
    • Identify common bacterial diseases in humans
    • Identify common prokaryotes that are beneficial to humans

    Module 4: Discuss the organisms in Kingdom Protista


    • Identify the common characteristics of protists
    • Describe the role that protists play in the ecosystem

    Module 5: Discuss the organisms in Kingdom Fungi


    • Identify the common characteristics of fungi
    • Describe the role that fungi play in the ecosystem
    • Identify common fungal parasites and pathogens
    • Discuss common human usage of fungi

    Module 6: Differentiate between different types of plants

    Plant Diversity

    • Classify seedless plants
    • Classify seed plants

    Module 7: Discuss the structure and function of plants

    Plant Structure and Function

    • Identify basic common structures of plants
    • Discuss common functions of plants

    Module 8: Discuss the methods and structures of plant reproduction

    Plant Reproduction

    • Discuss the reproductive development and structure of plants
    • Describe how plants reproduce asexually

    Module 9: Discuss the importance of animal diversity

    Animal Diversity

    • Discuss the evolutionary history of the animal kingdom
    • Chart animal phylogeny

    Module 10: Discuss the common features of organism in the animal kingdom

    Features of the Animal Kingdom

    • Describe the various types of body plans that occur in animals
    • Discuss the tissue structures found in animals
    • Discuss methods and features of animal reproduction
    • Discuss the importance of homeostasis in animals

    Module 11: Classify different types of invertebrates


    • Identify the common characteristics of phylum Porifera Phylum
    • Identify the common characteristics of phylum Cnidaria
    • Identify the common characteristics of superphylum Lophotrochozoa
    • Identify the common characteristics of superphylum Ecdysozoa
    • Identify the common characteristics of superphylum Deuterostomia

    Module 12: Classify different types of vertebrates


    • Identify the common characteristics of chordates
    • Identify characteristics of fishes
    • Identify characteristics of amphibians
    • Identify characteristics of amniotes
    • Identify characteristics of reptiles
    • Identify characteristics of birds
    • Identify characteristics of mammals

    Module 13: Describe different body systems

    Overview of Body Systems

    • Discuss how different body systems interact with one another
    • Describe the nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and sensory systems
    • Describe the circulatory, immune, respiratory, and digestive systems
    • Describe the muscular, skeletal, and integumentary systems

    Module 14: Define the scope and components of ecology

    Ecology of Living Things

    • Identify the scope of ecology
    • Distinguish between abiotic and biotic components of the environment
    • Identify different biomes of our world
    • Discuss the scope and study of population ecology
    • Discuss the scope and study of community ecology

    Module 15: Discuss ecology as it relates to the environment

    Ecology and the Environment

    • Describe how organisms acquire energy
    • Discuss the biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur
    • Identify evidence of climate change
    • Explain why conservation biology and biodiversity are important

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