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Fundamentals of Biology II(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Fundamental and Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 1 Spring Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Elective
Lecturer : Maria VASSILEVA Designated Associate Professor 

•Course Purpose
This course`s main goal is to provide students with working understanding on how human body functions and the ability to use this knowledge in everyday health-related situations. The course focuses on human anatomy and physiology, but also on how organ systems’ organization has changed throughout animals’ evolution.
Short introduction is given on plant morphology and physiology, as well as on basic concepts of ecology. The overview of plants and interactions of ecological systems will allow students to critically evaluate agricultural and ecological issues.

•Prerequisite Subjects
There is no prerequisite knowledge for this course, so even those who didn’t take Fundamentals of Biology 1, or didn’t study Biology in high school, are welcome to join and learn how human body works.

•Course Topics
1. Animals
1.1 Unifying concepts of animal structure and function
1.2 Nutrition and digestion
1.3 Gas exchange
1.4 Circulation
1.5 The immune system
1.6 Control of body temperature and water balance
1.7 Hormones and the endocrine system
1.8 Reproduction and embryonic development
1.9 Nervous system
1.10 The senses
1.11 How animals move
2. Plants
2.1 Plant structure, growth and reproduction
2.2 Plant nutrition and transport
2.3 Control systems in plants
3. Ecology
3.1 The biosphere: an introduction to Earth`s diverse environments
3.2 Behavioral adaptations to the environment
3.3 Population ecology
3.4 Communities and ecosystems
3.5 Conservation biology

The same textbook will be used as in Fundamentals of Biology 1
Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections, 7th Ed.
Jane B. Reece / Martha R. Taylor / Eric J. Simon / Jean L. Dickey
Benjamin Cummings, 2011

Mastering Biology ( is an online system that accompanies the textbook for this course. Course login details will be given at the first lecture. This system will not be integrated into the course assessment methods. The choice of using it will be left to each individual student.

•Additional Reading

•Grade Assessment
Evaluation will be based on in-class participation (total of 20% of the final grade) and two exams (total of 80% for both). Attendance will not be marked.
In-class participation will consist of active participation in discussions and quality of presentations and in-group assignments.
There will be no periodic home works or quizzes; instead students are expected to read the appropriate chapter before class, as classes will include problem-solving questions and discussions.
Exams will emphasize on analytical and problem-solving questions.


•Contacting Faculty
Office : School of Science, building E, room 202
Phone : 789-3530
E-mail :


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