BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

BIOL-060 - Human Biology -

BIOL-060 - Human Biology -

Course Details
This BC ABE - Provincial Level biology course focuses on the study of life processes. They are examined from the molecular to the organ system levels. Cell structure and function is studied microscopically and with respect to its biochemistry. The majority of the course concerns itself with human anatomy and physiology with an in-depth study of selected organ systems. These systems are studied macroscopically with functional aspects examined at the molecular level. Laboratory exercises will be an integral part of this course. BIOL 060 covers the Core Topics for Biology: Provincial Level (Human Biology) set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf.
Part of the:
  • ACADEMIC/CAREER PREPARATION Department
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • College Readiness - BC Adult Graduation Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : BIOL 050, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Bachelor Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments/Tests/Quizzes/Labs 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • obtain the prerequisite body of knowledge and skills that will provide a basis for further academic and career /vocational education and training;
  • demonstrate awareness of the diversity and interconnectedness of organisms;
  • use scientific method to evaluate information and to analyze experiences;
  • communicate about life sciences in their own words and cite references appropriately;
  • work independently and also as part of a team, where appropriate;
  • evaluate media regarding issues in life sciences;and
  • demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relevant to life sciences.


  • All ABE biology courses must include a minimum of seven dedicated laboratory and/or fieldwork activities, wherein biology learners should:
  • demonstrate familiarity with common lab and field equipment and its use;
  • conduct lab and field procedures safely and ethically;
  • demonstrate microscope skills;
  • collect and record data effectively;
  • analyze and interpret data collected; and
  • communicate results and conclusions.


  • Core Topics

    A. Cell Biology:
  • explain the role of molecules, including water, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids;
  • describe major structures and functions of cells and their components, including the basic mechanisms of protein synthesis the basic mechanisms of membrane transport, and the basic mechanisms of DNA replication;
  • describe the role of enzymes and their importance to cellular processes;
  • outline the processes of cellular respiration; and
  • describe and compare mitosis and meiosis.


  • B. Genetics:
  • describe the principles of inheritance;
  • solve basic genetics problems; and
  • describe the role of DNA.


  • C. Human Biology:
  • apply the concept of homeostasis; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of integration of tissues, organs, and systems.
  • identify structures and describe functions of at least six of the following:

  • 1. Skeleto-muscular system
    2. Digestive system
    3. Cardiovascular system
    4. Blood and immunity
    5. Respiratory system
    6. Endocrine system
    7. Nervous and sensory system
    8. Excretory system
    9. Reproductive system

    Options
    The following topics may be included:
  • bioethics
  • biotechnology
  • cancer
  • human development
  • local topics
  • nutrition
  • photosynthesis
  • public health issues
  • Text and Materials: Simon, Reece, and Dickey Campbell. Essential Biology with Physiology. Current. Toronto. Pearson.
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 30, 2013.