Enhancement Exercises for Biology

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Enhancement Exercises for Biology Course Outline


Concepts Covered:

  • Characteristics of Living Things
  • The Nature of Science
  • Scientific Method
  • Experimental, Observational, and Theoretical Science


Concepts Covered:

  • Atomic Structure: Subatomic Particles and Electron Shells
  • Chemical Bonding: Covalent, Ionic, and Hydrogen Bonds
  • Biologically Important Compounds and Molecules

Cell Biology

Concepts Covered:

  • Cell Membranes: Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures
  • Cell Structure and Function: Diffusion and Osmosis
  • Energy Conversion in Eukaryotic Cells: Respiration
  • Energy Conversion in Eukaryotic Cells: Photosynthesis

Genetics: Heredity

Concepts Covered:

  • Mendelian Genetics: Monohybrid and Dihybrid Crosses
  • Mendelian Genetics: Genotypes and the Human Face Exercise
  • Patterns of Inheritance: Pedigrees and Sex-linked Traits
  • Genetics of ABO and Rh Blood Groups

Genetics: Molecular

Concepts Covered:

  • Structure and Replication of DNA
  • Structure and Function of RNA
  • Transcription and Translation
  • Control of Gene Expression
  • Techniques of Molecular Genetics: DNA Extraction

Evolution and Origin of Species

Concepts Covered:

  • Chemosynthetic Origin of Life and the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell
  • History of Evolutionary Thought
  • Tree Thinking: Phylogenetics
  • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Species Concepts and Speciation

Diversity of Nature

Concepts Covered:

  • The Tree of Life – Survey of Bacteria and Archaea
  • Survey of Eukarya – Fungi and Lichens
  • Survey of Eukarya – Plantae (Viridiplantae)
  • Survey of Eukarya – Metazoa


Concepts Covered:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Physiology
  • Population Ecology
  • Ecological Succession
  • Biogeochemical Cycles – The Water Cycle
  • Biogeochemical Cycles – The Nitrogen Cycle
  • Biogeochemical Cycles – The Carbon Cycle
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Biogeochemical Cycles – Ocean Acidification
  • Ecosystems Ecology: Current Issues in Ecology
  • Observing Nature

About the book


Enhancement Exercises for Biology can augment any college-level biology course. The active learning modules featured in the Enhancement Exercises provide the best opportunity for students to learn and experience biology. The modules challenge students by providing activities ranging from simple, guided inquiry to more thoughtful, open-ended, research-based activities. Assign all or a portion of an individual exercise as applicable to your specific course.

This book has been designed so the student can complete the assignments without any need for specialized lab equipment. The exercises can be completed by visiting local outdoor environments or by using common items easily obtained at home or the grocery store.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Byron J. Adams
John L. Crawley

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