DETAILS:

COURSE NAME: Introductory Biology
COURSE CODE: MIC 103
PROGRAM:  BSc Biotechnology, BSc Microbiology
SEMESTER: One
CREDITS: Three
 

SYLLABUS

PART 1

  1. Introducing Life Sciences, The Importance of Interdisciplinary Biology
  2. Themes in the Study of Life: Properties of life, Reductionism, Emergent Properties, From Biospehere to Biomolecules(Scale-Down), Structure-Function Relationships
  3. Transmission of Genetic Information: What is Gene Expression? Aquainting with the vocabulary- Gene, Allele, Genome, DNA, Chromosome, RNA(mRNA, tRNA, rRNA), Proteins,Transcription, Translation & Genetic Code
  4. Evolution as the foundation: Unity in Diversity, Natural Selection, Classification of Organisms, Tree of Life
  5. Scientific Inquiry: Making Observations & Testing Hypotheses

 

PART 2

  1. Fundamentals of Cell Theory, A bit of History
  2. The Hidden Universe of the Cell, Cellular Organization and Metabolism
  3. The Organelles: Nucleolus, Nucleus, Ribosomes, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Vesicles, Golgi Apparatus, Mitochondria, Chloroplast, Lysosome, Peroxisome & The Plasma Membrane 

 

PART 3

  1. Transport of Proteins: Vesicular & Non-Vesicular System
  2. Cell Culture Techniques: Culture Media, Cell-lines, 2D & 3D Cultures

 

TEXT BOOKS

  1. Campbell Biology – 11th Edition - Jane B. Reece et. al. - Boston: Benjamin Cummings / Pearson
  2. The Cell, A Molecular Approach – 7th Edition – Geoffrey M.Cooper/Robert E.Hausman- Sinauer Associates, Inc.

RESOURCES

PART 1 

 

PART 2

  • Fundamentals of Cell Theory: A wacky history of Cell Theory/TEDEd
  • The Cell(2009)/BBC Documentary by Adam Rutherford: Part 1(The Hidden Kingdom) | Part 2(The Chemistry of Life) | Part 3(The Spark of LIfe)
  • Our Secret Universe, The Hidden Life of the Cell(2012)/BBC Documentary 
  • Visualizing hidden worlds inside your body - Dee Breger/TEDEd
  • Insights into cell membranes via dish detergent - Ethan Perlstein/TEDEd

 

PART 3

 


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