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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | GSCI100 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Simply Science

This introductory general science class focuses on the scientific thought process (scientific method) and basic science concepts to build a solid foundation of science knowledge in preparation for transfer-level science courses. Students will attain effective learning strategies and study skills as they gain scientific confidence. Individual responsibility and accountability are emphasized through homework, in-class assignments, teamwork, and class participation. Topics covered include an overview of science disciplines, scientific method and experimental design, metric system and measurements, matter, basic chemistry, movement processes, cells, mitosis and meiosis. Labs provide hands-on practice of the scientific method, data gathering, experimental design, and analysis. Class size is limited to guarantee individual attention and to promote active participation.


NOTES: With grade of C or better, students are prepared to take any transfer level course.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Learn and become familiar with the basic concepts of biological science.
  • Gain experience in the appropriate use of standard laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Practice and become familiar with specific techniques used to study and become proficient in the study of biological sciences.
  • Work safely in a lab setting while considering safety procedures and working in a small group.
  • Attain effective learning strategies and study skills as they learn and become familiar with basic concepts of biological science.
  • Practice and become familiar with basic techniques used in the study of biological science.
  • Apply terminology required for the understanding of biological study.
  • Develop effective time management strategies.
  • Identify, develop and evaluate study skills to determine the most effective for each student.
  • Use basic laboratory equipment used in understanding and executing biological studies.

  • Strategies for Success - 15%
  • Overview of science - 5%
  • Scientific method - 5%
  • Metric system - 15%
  • Measurement and use of basic scientific equipment - 15%
  • Organization of matter - 5%
  • Basic chemistry - 15%
  • Cells (cell theory, organelles, cell cycle) - 10%
  • Diffusion, osmosis, and active transport - 5%
  • Mitosis and Meiosis - 10%
Laboratory Topics:
  • Lab 1: Motivation, discipline and planning
    • Students review the activities required to put their academic goals in perspectives and review what is needed to accomplish their goals.
  • Lab 2: Heart Rate
    • The use of experimentation in the scientific method is reinforced by measuring heart rates versus activity.
  • Lab 3: Time magagement
    • Students learn to use planner, calendars and to-do list to determine effective ways to manage time.
  • Lab 4: Metric Lab #1
    • The metric system is introduced through measuring techniques, water displacement and density of candy bars.
  • Lab 5: Study Regimen
    • Students develop daily, weekly and monthly routines in determining how to plan for effective time usage when studying.
  • Lab 6: Metric Lab#2
    • In this lab, students travel through a series of stations to test their aptitude for the metric system.
  • Lab 7: Study Techniques
    • Students practice the use of various active learning techniques (notecards/rewriting notes).
  • Lab 8: Microscope Part 1
    • This lab is an introduction to the use and care of the microscope.
  • Lab 9: Study Techniques
    • Students practice the use of various active learning techniques (notecards/rewriting notes).
  • Lab 10: Microscope Part 2
    • This lab is a continuation of microscope use.
  • Lab 11: Study Techniques
    • Students practice the use of various active learning techniques (notecards/rewriting notes).
  • Lab 12: Cell Videos
    • Two videos are shown to reinforce class information on the cell.
  • Lab 13: Study Techniques
    • Students practice the use of various active learning techniques (notecards/rewriting notes).
  • Lab 14: Cell lab
    • Students learn the components of the cell by constructing a cell.
  • Lab 15: Study Techniques
    • Students practice the use of various active learning techniques (notecards/rewriting notes).


How to Study Science, Drewes and Milligan.

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Grading Criteria/Evaluation:

Grading Scale:
A- 90-100%
B- 80-89%
C- 70-79%
D- 60-69%
F- Below 60%

Final grade is determined by the following:
Homework/In class assignment


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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