BIO1058 Biology, Origins of Life

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BIO1058 Biology, Origins of Life


This course investigates various examples of complex biology within human composition and the natural world. It addresses fundamental biological concepts, starting from the basic building blocks of all living organisms. The course covers cell structure and functions, the biological levels of organization, and the distinctions between animal and plant cells. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and describe the properties of living organisms and understand their essential functions.

Key Topics Covered Include:

  • Recognize the various components of a cell
  • Understand how cells function
  • Explain the significance of DNA to life
  • Grasp the basic principles of how DNA determines individual characteristics
  • Describe how damaged DNA is repaired
  • Reflect deeply on the wonder of life and its harmonious interactions with other life forms
  • Consider the importance of cells in our lives and their self-repair mechanisms



“A full CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, through either prior education or experience, equivalent to or greater than what would be learned in a traditional college course. Physical attendance is not required; however, successful completion of a final exam for each course is mandatory.”

Reference Materials

  • (2016) Introduction to Cells: The Grand Cell Tour by Amoeba sisters
  • (2016) Biological Levels in Biology: The World Tour by Amoeba sisters
  • (2016) Introduction to Cells: The Grand Cell Tour by Amoeba sisters
  • (2016) Biological Levels in Biology: The World Tour by Amoeba sisters
  • (2015) Biology: Cell Structure by Nucleus Medical Media
  • (2015) Overview of Animal and Plant Cells
  • (2015) Extracellular matrix | Structure of a cell | Biology

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