BIO 0891 - Biology Preparation

Online Course Information

Fall 2017 (Sections #7046 & #7474) - August 29 - October 6


Welcome! BIOLOGY 0891 – Biology Preparation - is a one-unit prerequisite course that covers the basic biological concepts necessary to succeed in Biology 2600 – Microbiology and Biology 2800 – Human Physiology. This webpage can serve as the portal into the BIO 0891 Course Instruction Site (Canvas), and the information here will be repeated and expanded on once you're in Canvas.

Biology Preparation is designed solely to be the prerequisite to the Microbiology and Physiology courses for the Health Careers students. That means that everything in this short course is essential for your success in those courses. It is also designed so that, if you already possess that knowledge, you will complete BIOL 0891 very quickly, with the knowledge that you are indeed ready for the course.

Question: "What will my time commitments be, both how much and when?"

Answer: I'll be sending an announcement through Canvas (to the email you list when you register) when the site is ready to go. The only requirement is that you finish by the date your section ends (October 6).

As for how much time, that depends on how much knowledge you come in with (see the previous paragraph). Some of you, who are already pretty prepared, will complete it in a couple of hours. Others will take several days.


Question: "I already have some science classes, can I get the BIO 0891 prerequisite waived?"

Answer: We encourage everyone to take the course, regardless of their previous science coursework. The reason is pretty simple. Students who think they already know all the basics of BIO 0891 fall into two groups. The first group consists of those who are right about themselves - they do indeed know everything they need to know. When this group takes the course they finish in just a couple of hours, with the knowledge that they indeed were already well prepared. Generally, these students appreciate that they had a review and are happy they took the course. The second group consists of those who - after completing the course - report back to us something like "I thought I was ready, but I was weak on the types of chemical bonds" or "I never really understood Membrane Transport. If that's going to be essential for understanding the concepts (it is) then I'm really glad I took the course." or... So, the bottom line is - if you take the course and it turns out that you didn't really need to, all it cost you was a couple of hours (see the question above about the time commitments) and you find out that you're indeed prepared. And if it takes more time than a couple of hours - that's an indication that you needed the review! So, taking the course is a win-win. In a very few cases we will waive the prerequisite. If you think you should be one of them you should contact Dave Clarke in the Biology Department.


Question: "Will this count as a GE class, or even as a survey of biology, if that's what I'm interested in?"

Answer: This is not in any way, anywhere, a general education class. It will not count anywhere as a general education class, nor will it transfer to any four year college. Since the scope is limited to those three areas noted above and below, it’s not even a good informal survey of biology.


Question: "What kind of work is required for this course?"

Answer: There are no assignments to be turned in, no papers to write, no mandatory discussion groups, no extra reading assignments. There are the three sections (Basic Science, Basic Chemistry, Basic Cell) and each section is organized identically. For each section there are a set of objectives, reading assignments from the text and online material. When you think you are ready, you take an exit quiz (all multiple choice questions). When you pass, you move on to the next section. If you don't pass the first attempt at the exit quiz, you'll get more attempts. When you've passed the last exit (Cell) Quiz you then move on to the comprehensive final quiz. Pass it and you are done. There's more detailed information about how this works once you get into the course.


Question: "How do I register for BIO 2600 or BIO 2800 once I've signed up for BIO 0891?"

Answer: This is pretty straightforward. Since Biology Preparation is a pre-requisite (not a co-requisite), you are taking Biology Preparation in anticipation for 2600 or 2800 in the spring. You should be able to provisionally register for BIO 2600 or 2800. The system should see that you've passed Biology Preparation and allow you into those classes. (If you are taking it for admission into a fall class, this section will not count. You need to get into the late summer section – you can register for that as late as August 22).


If you have questions about this class, please email the instructor, Dave Clarke.


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