Biology (Semester 2)

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to general biology and scientific inquiry. It will include the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, cellular organization and function, the transfer of energy through metabolic systems, cellular reproduction, the classification of living things, and the six kingdoms of life. The main focus is to present biological information in an understandable and straightforward way that will capture the students’ interest and deal with current issues and concepts.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Biology (Semester 2)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Biology
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Fuel Education LLC
Online Instructor Provided By : Fuel Education LLC
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Biology
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 2 of 2

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Phone : 810-591-4401

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Additional Cost: $0.0

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Identify two groups of prokaryotes and describe the evolution of eukaryotes. Identify the first multicellular organisms to live on land. Name the first animals to live on land and the first vertebrates to leave the ocean. Define the term mass extinction. Identify the characteristics used to classify organisms in each of the domains and kingdoms. Identify the levels of cellular organization that occur in plants and animals (tissues, organs, and organ systems). Recognize the characteristics of the three domains and identify organisms based on assigned names (taxonomy). Describe how phylogenetic reconstruction is used to identify the evolutionary patterns that unite different organisms. Explain why outward appearance alone does not provide enough information to assign an organism to a particular species. Explain the purpose of applying a genus name and a species name to an organism. Give reasons why using common names alone for organisms is often very unsatisfactory. Compare and contrast the concepts of evolutionary systematics, phenetics, and cladistics with respect to their methods of grouping organisms. Comprehend that a monophyletic lineage evolves independently with organisms that share a common ancestry. Explain the construction of a cladogram and the information it represents. Interpret a simple cladogram to define derived trait and out-group. Arrange in proper order: kingdom, phylum (or division), class, order, family, genus, and species. Name and define the tissues and organ systems that extend throughout the plant body. Discuss and identify parts of the plant root and root tip, and distinguish the taproot system and fibrous root system. Identify the various parts of a typical flower and give their functions. Relate the sequence of events that give rise to microspores and megaspores. List the five types of hormones found in most flowering plants. Describe the Cohesion-Tension Theory, explaining how water moves upward in an unbroken column through xylem to the tops of tall trees. Generally describe the internal structure of a leaf as well as give the function of stomata. Know the function, location, and features of the basic tissue types in animals. Explain homeostasis and how it is maintained in an animal’s body, including the idea of feedback. Interpret the functions of systems in organisms including circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, respiratory, muscular, excretory, and immune. Describe the organs and other important components that make up the main animal organ systems (circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, respiratory, muscular, excretory, and immune). Identify how an animal’s body responds to various stimuli in both the internal and external environments. Compare the interrelationships of organ systems to each other and to the body as a whole (such as the respiratory/circulatory or skeletal/muscular). Define population density and describe the relationship between resources and population growth. Define ecosystem. Differentiate primary succession from secondary succession. Describe the differences between producers and consumers. Outline elements and key players in the Earth's ecosystem, such as food webs, food chains, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores, and decomposers. Describe the major steps of the carbon cycle.

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Review Conducted By: Fuel Education LLC
Date of Review: 06/17/2014

Unit 6: HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH Section 1 – History of Life on Earth Section 2 – Birth of a Planet and Establishment of Life Section 3 – The Time of Ancient Life Section 4 - The Age of Dinosaurs
Section 5 - Age of Mammals and Birds
Unit 7: BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY & CLASSIFICATION Section 1 – Taxonomy Section 2 – Prokaryotes Section 3 – The Protista Section 4 – The Plant Kingdom Section 5 - Kingdom Fungi Section 6 & 7 - Kingdom Animalia
Unit 8: PLANT STRUCTURE Section 1 – Plant Organs, Tissues, and Cells Section 2 – Flowering Plant Reproduction Section 3 – Plant Hormones, Nutrition, and Transport
Unit 9: ANIMAL ORGANIZATION Section 1 – Animal Tissues Section 2 – Animal Organ Systems and Homeostasis Section 3 – The Integumentary System: Protection & Senses Section 4 – The Circulatory System: Transport of Materials within the Body Section 5 – The Lymphatic System and Immunity: The Body's Defense Section 6 - The Digestive System: Getting Food and Nutrients into the Body Section 7 - The Nervous and Endocrine Systems: Control of the Body Section 8 - The Muscular and Skeletal Systems Section 9 - The Respiratory and Excretory Systems: Exchange of Materials Section 10 - The Reproductive System and Human Development
Unit 10: POPULATION ECOLOGY Section 1 – Population Growth Section 2 – Community & Ecosystem Dynamics Section 3 – The Biosphere and Mass Extinctions
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $270 $0
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $275 $0
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $300 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
K-5: Extensions are not available. 6-12: 4-week extensions are available for $50 per enrollment (maximum 2 extensions per 18-week enrollment). 6-12: 2-week extensions are available for $25 per enrollment (maximum 2 extensions per 9-week enrollment). Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Students can contact their online instructor as needed. Online instructors have posted office hours, and provide contact information.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
19-20 25 19 76.0%
14-15 25 16 64.0%
13-14 49 27 55.1% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the Spring and Summer 2013-14 school year.