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SCI 325A

by Jacqueline Manning
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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

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The Scientific Method

Added 09/12/2012

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.


Educational Psychology

Added 09/12/2012

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


Learning: Classical vs. Operant Conditioning

Added 09/12/2012

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 09/12/2012

A concept map, showing connections between different science concepts. Click on the concept and it will take you to a secondary concept map – Keep clicking on concepts until you get to a brief description. See the guide below to especially relevant information, but don't be afraid to explore.

Basic mechanics: Click on mechanics and follow the topic of interest: Acceleration; Equilibrium; Newton's laws; Velocity

Waves: Click on periodic motion – the most useful links from here are: simple harmonic motion; amplitude and period; Travelling waves; The Standing waves link has some excellent information on pressure and displacement relevant to sound waves.

Simple machines: Click on mechanics, then on Work, energy and power, then on work concepts.  I suggest you spend some working through the links on this page (but don't worry about equations except the first one on the left hand side), then click on simple machines, and on each type for details.

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

Light and VisionSound and Hearing      

Geology: Click on Geophysics (on the right hand side of the page, not in the main concept map) and then on: Plate tectonics; Rock cycle and types of rocks; Explore the left side of the concept map.

Chemistry:  Click on Chemistry (on the right hand side of the page, not in the main concept map) and then on: Atoms and elements (this is all the detail on atomic structure needed for this class, but feel free to click on the atomic structure link for more information); Chemical Bonds:  Explore ionic and covalent bonds as well.


Chembalancer - balancing equations game

Added 09/12/2012

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 09/12/2012

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 09/12/2012

A simple graphical simulation of osmosis.

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