Biology A (1st Semester Course)

Course Description:

This course is designed to teach students the basics of biology, chemistry of life, cell structure and function, cell division, protein synthesis and DNA. The main goal for this class is for students to gain a better understanding of the living things. Google Classroom is the platform for this course.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Biology A (1st Semester Course)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Biology
Course Provider : Davison Community Schools
Content Provided By : Davison Community Schools
Online Instructor Provided By : Davison Community Schools
Standards Addressed : Next Generation Science Standards
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Biology
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Email : [email protected]
Phone : (810) 591-3531

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • 1.1 Identify the characteristics of life.
  • 1.2 Generate examples for the characteristics of life.
  • 1.3 Differentiate between living and nonliving.
  • 1.4 Generate a question to be answered using scientific inquiry.
  • 1.5 Develop a hypothesis to be tested.
  • 1.6 Design and conduct a controlled experiment.
  • 1.7 Identify the independent and dependent variables in an experiment.
  • 1.8 Identify weaknesses in experimental design.
  • 1.9 Create data tables and graphs based on data.
  • 1.10 Differentiate between observations and inferences.
  • 1.11 Analyze data.
  • 1.12 Distinguish between science and pseudoscience.
  • 2.1 Differentiate between ionic and covalent bonds.
  • 2.2 Identify the six major elements found in all organisms.
  • 2.3 Explain how matter is conserved and rearranged in chemical reactions.
  • 2.4 Identify the potential energy of products and reactants in a chemical reaction. (exothermic & endothermic)
  • 2.5 Identify and describe the structure and function of the four macromolecules (biomolecules)
  • 2.6 Differentiate between dehydration and hydrolysis reactions.
  • 2.7 Explain why water is important to living things.
  • 2.8 Develop a model that explains the phrase “We are what we eat”
  • 2.9 Summarize how matter is conserved in living things.
  • 3.1 Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • 3.2 Compare and contrast plant and animal cells.
  • 3.3 Identify and describe cell structures and their function.
  • 3.4 Explain the structure and function of the cell/plasma membrane.
  • 3.5 Distinguish between active and passive transport.
  • 3.6 Explain how substances are moved across the membrane.
  • 3.7 Explain how osmosis works.
  • 4.1 Describe how organisms get and use energy.
  • 4.2 Identify forms of chemical energy.
  • 4.3 Describe how photosynthesis stores energy.
  • 4.4 Describe how cellular respiration releases energy.
  • 4.5 Identify where in the cell cellular respiration and photosynthesis occur.
  • 4.6 Identify the steps involved in cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
  • 4.7 Summarize how matter and energy are conserved in living things.
  • 5.1 Explain why cells are small.
  • 5.2 Identify what limits cell size.
  • 5.3 Identify and diagram the stages of the cell cycle (Interphase, Mitosis, Cytokinesis).
  • 5.4 Identify the structures involved in the cell cycle.
  • 5.5 Explain how the cell divides using Mitosis.
  • 5.6 Differentiate between plant and animal cell cytokinesis.
  • 5.7 Describe the results of mitosis and the cell cycle.
  • 5.8 Identify the number of chromosomes in daughter cells as a result of mitosis.
  • 5.9 Explain how the cell cycle is regulated.
  • 5.10 Describe cancer and how it relates to the cell cycle.
  • 5.11 Explain apoptosis.
  • 5.12 Summarize stem cells and their importance.
  • 5.13 Identify and summarize the stages of meiosis and the structures involved.
  • 5.14 Explain how meiosis provides genetic variation.
  • 5.15 Describe the results of meiosis and the chromosome number in each new cell.
  • 5.16 Recognize and summarize the stages of meiosis.
  • 5.17 Summarize the results of meiosis.
  • 5.18 Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.
  • 5.19 Explain why cell division is important.
  • 6.1 Identify the structural components of DNA.
  • 6.2 Differentiate between DNA and RNA.
  • 6.3 Explain how DNA replicates.
  • 6.4 Summarize the importance of DNA replication.
  • 6.5 Identify the base pairing rules for DNA.
  • 6.6 Describe the structure and function of the three types of RNA molecules.
  • 6.7 Describe a codon and anti-codon.
  • 6.8 Transcribe DNA into mRNA.
  • 6.9 Identify the base pairing rules for DNA to mRNA and mRNA to tRNA anti-codons.
  • 6.10 Translate mRNA to amino acid sequence.
  • 6.11 Summarize protein synthesis.
  • 6.12 Identify where transcription and translation take place in the cell.
  • 6.13 Identify causes of mutations.
  • 6.14 Analyze how mutations can affect protein synthesis.
  • 6.15 Summarize how mutations affect gene expression.

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The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
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Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
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Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
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Privacy policies are clearly stated. Partially Met Additional details needed.
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Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Resources are avaliable outside the online course.
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The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
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Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
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Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
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Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Partially Met Currently in progress.
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Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
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The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
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The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
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Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
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The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
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Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
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Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
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Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
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Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
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The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
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The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met Course timing can be adjusted.
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Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Partially Met How to teach students the skills necessary for success in an online class are be planned.
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Partially Met Not sure of all the internationally standards that are needed to be met.
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met To the best of my knowledge.
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
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Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Davison Community Schools
Date of Review: 12/20/2013


  • Characteristics of Life & Scientific Method/Inquiry
  • Chemistry of life
  • Cell Structures & Function
  • Cellular Energy
  • Cellular Reproduction
  • DNA and Protein Synthesis
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/21/2023 01/19/2024 35 $300 $0
Semester 01/24/2023 06/20/2024 01/25/2024 06/20/2024 35 $300 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Course must be completed by the course end date. Semester
Course must be completed by the course end date. Semester 01/24/2023 06/20/2024
Weekly communication via Google Form and school email.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
17-18 4 4 100.0% Piger, Brooke

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