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SCI 325A

by Carl Kloock
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Readings and activities for Science 325A:  Integrated science from a life science perspective


Science 325A


BIOL 100, Science 111, 112.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the experimental method and other processes of science by collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in the form of scientific reports.
  • Integrate information across scientific disciplines to explain natural phenomena, especially as they relate to living systems.
  • Deliver scientific information to an audience of children in an educational setting.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to the development of a lesson plan appropriate for the elementary school audience.
Pedagogy Approach:

3 hrs lecture, 2.5 hrs lab

Other related links:

Not from MERLOT, but a very good demonstration of operant conditioning:

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The Scientific Method

Added 08/28/2012

Experimental method reading:  Koning, R.E. 1994. The Scientific Method. Plant Physiology Information Website.  Scientific Method:  A nice brief introduction to the scientific method.  There are some minor discrepancies between this and how I teach it, but good reinforcement for the core concepts. 

FYI: I prefer the term "experimental method" to "scientific method" since there are many methods in science (See the reading "other methods in science" in the blackboard web readings folder), but the since the experimental method is the most important and powerful of them they are often used as synonyms.


Educational Psychology

Added 08/28/2012

Open textbook:  look at chapter 2, especially the section titled major theories and models of learning for explanations of behaviorism and constructionism


Learning: Classical vs. Operant Conditioning

Added 08/28/2012

Classical and operant conditioning:  Download the powerpoint and run the show – if videos do not show, click on the black box that appears.  Nice extra help with behaviorism, but a little heavy on reinforcing memorization of terms rather than concepts.

Also see This is not from MERLOT, but one of my favorite demonstrations of operant conditioning.



Added 08/28/2012

Shows connections between concepts. Click on a concept and it will take you to a 2nd map – click on links until you get to a brief description. See the guide below to relevant information; don't be afraid to explore. This is an excellent way to see relationships between different concepts, one of the most helpful things you can do.

Mechanics: Click mechanics then topics: Acceleration; Equilibrium; Newton's laws; Velocity

Biology: Click Biology (on the right side of the page, not the main concept map). Excellent for review and integration:  see Photosynthesis, cellular respiration, respiration (breathing)

Waves: Base concept for energy transport and sensory systems lectures. Click periodic motion, then: simple harmonic motion; amplitude and period; Travelling waves; The Standing waves

Simple machines: Click mechanics, then Work, energy and power, work concepts.  Work through links (don't worry about equations) then explore each simple machine

Energy transfer (i.e. convection, conduction and radiation): click on Heat and thermodynamics, then follow energy transfer. FYI, information on the greenhouse effect and global climate change is available here

Sensory systems: Click directly on Light and Vision; Sound and Hearing

Plate tectonics & Biogeochemical cycles: Click on Geophysics (right side of the page), then: Plate tectonics; Rock cycle and types; Explore the left side

Chemistry:  Click Chemistry (right side of page), then: Atoms and elements; Chemical Bonds:  Explore ionic and covalent bonds


Chembalancer - balancing equations game

Added 08/28/2012

A nice set of practice questions that shows graphically the molecules and atoms involved in chemical equations to help you figure out how to balance them


Kimball's Biology Pages

Added 08/28/2012

1)      Kimball's biology is an open textbook,  it can be easily searched for any topic (including review topics).  For your convenience, I have also included some specific relevant bookmarks to topics below:

The Carbon cycle:

The Nitrogen cycle

Species interactions: symbioses (mutualism, commensalism parasitism)


speciation (macro-evolution)

Food chains and trophic pyramids




Respiratory system

Circulatory system

Acid rain


The biology place Pearson

Added 08/28/2012

A simple graphical simulation of osmosis.

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