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Learning Objectives II

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Course: "Organisms" (Fall Semester- Freshmen Biology Majors, Spring Semester- Upperclassmen Health Science Majors)

Weeks 4-6 of course covering glycolysis, cell respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis.

Objective I.Students will know the basic biochemistry of glycolysis, fermentation, cell respiration and photosynthesis so that they can apply this basic content knowledge to solving problems in these processess addressed below.

Method of assesment: Students will be able to write out the equations for glycolysis, fermentaiton, cell respiraiton and photosynthesis and label the following (where appropriate) reduction reaction (with arrow), oxidation reaction (with arrows), electron donor, electron acceptor, by-products, light energy and chemical energy.

--Students will be able to explain the roles of water in cell respiration and photosynthesis at the atomic level.

Objective II. Students will be able to trace matter and energy through the processes of glycolysis, cell respiration and photosynthesis.

Method of Assessment

Students will be able to draw a diagram showing multiple phototrophs and autotrophs and traces a carbon atom in molecules of sugar, CO2 and a biosynthetic component such as an amino acid through multiple phototrophs and autotrophs and through both photosynthesis and cell respiration. The student will include appropriate arrows and names of processes.

Objective III.

Students will be able to use their basic knowledge of the biochemistry of fermentaiton, glycolysis, cell respiration and photosynthesis to solve problems in human heath and disease

Method of Assessment

a. Students will be to determine the target of a human poison affecting cell respiration ("A Case of the Toxic Flea DIp")

b. Students will be able to determine the cellular mechanism of a metabolic disease ("Why is Patrick Paralyzed?")

 Objective IV.

Students will undersand the evolutionary significance of glycolysis, fermentation, cell respiration and photosynthesis

Method of Assessment

Students will be able to place glycolysis, cell respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis at the correct (relative) location on the tree of life and explain the location with respect to which group of organisms the process evolved in and what we know about the process to support when it evolved relative to other processes.

Objective V.

Students will be able to explain the environmental significance of metabolic diversity in prokaryotes

Method of assessment

a. Students will be able to explain how bioremediation and biofuel production is carried out by prokaryotes that use alternative electron acceptors and donors in cell respiration

b. Students will propose a model of an ecosystem in which varying species of prokaryotes with different metabolisms coexist in an extreme environement.

Objective VI.

Students will understand how a balance of photosynthesis and cell respiration affects a plant at the cellular and organismal level.

Method of assessment

a. Students will determine whether or not a plant that is growing in the light for 2 weeks will weigh more or less than a plant placed in the dark for 2 weeks and why. In this explanation they will incorporate the following terms in the appropriate context: " sugar, CO2, light energy, water, oxygen, ATP, chemical energy, and starch

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