BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

BIOL-061 - Introduction to Life Sciences -

BIOL-061 - Introduction to Life Sciences -

Course Details
This BC ABE - Provincial Level biology course is for students entering the ERT program at NVIT, or who are planning on majoring in general sciences or general biology. The students will be introduced to the fundamentals of living systems, including plant/animal structure and function with emphasis placed on adaptation to changes in the environment. Laboratory work is intended to complement material covered in lectures. BIOL 061 covers the Core Topics for Biology: Provincial Level (Ecology) 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
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • 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, nucleic acids.
  • describe major structures and functions of cells and their components, including the following:

  • 1. the basic mechanisms of protein synthesis
    2. the basic mechanisms of membrane transport
    3. 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. Bioenergetics:
  • outline the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration and their relationship to one another.


  • C. Plant Anatomy and Physiology:
  • describe the major plant tissue types and their functions; and
  • describe the functions of plant control and reproductive systems.


  • D. Animal Anatomy and Physiology:
  • apply the concept of homeostasis; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of integration of tissues, organs and systems.
  • identify structures and describe functions of the following systems:

  • 1. Respiratory system
    2. Cardiovascular system
    3. Skeleton-muscular system
    4. Reproductive system
    5. Nervous and sensory systems

    E. Ecology:
  • use fundamentals of classification to identify organisms;
  • explain how plant and animal diversity enables adaptation to environments;
  • explain the principles of population dynamics: population growth, density, distribution, and regularity;
  • explain ecosystem dynamics: energy flow and nutrient cycling;
  • explain community dynamics, including community structure, diversity, and interspecific relationships; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of the challenges to biome integrity.
    Text and Materials:
  • Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Jackson Campbell. Biology. Current. Toronto. Pearson.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 30, 2013.