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Fundamentals of Biology Free Course

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  • Certification
  • Introduction to Biology is a free introductory course on the science of the living world. These lessons teach learners of all ages about organisms, cells, nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals) and the process of digestion. This free online course is an ideal study-aid and complement to classes for second level students and is valuable to parents who wish to help their children with their studies.

  • Upon completion of this course you will have a good understanding of the characteristics of living things. You will learn about Hooke's Microscope and magnification. You will gain a good knowledge of animal and plant cells and understand cell membrane, cytoplasm, cell wall and much more. This course will teach you the characteristics of the five kingdoms. You will learn about diffent types of nutrients including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and more. This course will demonstrate to you the role of the digestive system, helping you understand the different processes involved when the body digests food.

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Modules List( 2 )
  • Biology
    • The characteristics of living things
    • The characteristics of living things continued
    • All living things are made of cells
    • Introduction
    • Instruments used to view organisms
    • Hooke's microscope
    • Parts of a light microscope
    • Magnification introduction
    • How to calculate magnification
    • Field of view
    • Magnifying your field of view
    • Calculating the diameter of the field of view
    • Determining the size of a magnified object
    • How large are cells?
    • A typical animal cell
    • The nucleus
    • Cell membrane
    • Cytoplasm
    • Mitochondria
    • Structure and function of animal cells
    • Summary - animal cells
    • A typical plant cell is different to an animal cell
    • Cell wall
    • Chloroplasts in the cytoplasm
    • Cytoplasmic streaming
    • Vacuoles
    • Summary - plant cells
    • Staining cells
    • Sectioning
    • Unicellular organisms
    • Cilia and flagella
    • Unicellular organisms have to eat too
    • The importance of surface area and volume
    • The surface area to volume ratio
    • Multicellular organisms
    • Viruses
    • Summary - cell basics 1
    • Summary - cell basics 2
    • Growth
    • Movement
    • Reacting to the environment
    • Respiring
    • Reproduction
    • Reproduction in bacteria
    • Sexual reproduction
    • Excretion
    • Nutrition
    • Do viruses live?
    • How organisms are classified
    • Dichotomous keys
    • Alternative presentation of dichotomous keys
    • Choosing characteristics for dichotomous keys
    • The species concept
    • Donkeys and horses - are they different species?
    • Common names
    • Carl Linnaeus invents binomial names
    • Binomial names
    • Hierarchy of classification
    • Remembering the hierarchy
    • Introduction to the five kingdoms
    • Characteristics of kingdom prokaryotae
    • Characteristics of kingdom Protista
    • Characteristics of kingdom Fungi
    • Kingdom Plantae
    • Characteristics of kingdom Plantae
    • Kingdom Animalia
    • Characteristics of kingdom Animalia
    • Characteristics of the five kingdoms
    • A dichotomous key for the kingdoms
    • Summary - classification
    • Food and water
    • Types of nutrients
    • Water
    • Carbohydrates
    • Mono, di and polysaccharides
    • Monosaccharides
    • Disaccharides
    • Polysaccharides
    • Dietary fibre
    • Lipids
    • Energy, insulation and lipids
    • Structure of lipids
    • Proteins
    • Structure of proteins
    • Vitamins and minerals
    • The role of vitamins
    • Minerals
    • The role of minerals
    • Food for thought
    • Digestion
    • Mechanical digestion
    • Chemical digestion
    • The digestive system
    • Mechanical digestion in the mouth
    • Teeth - incisors and canines
    • Teeth - molars and premolars
    • Saliva
    • Pharynx and oesophagus
    • Chemical digestion in the stomach
    • Mechanical digestion in the stomach
    • Absorption of nutrients from the stomach
    • The small intestine
    • Villi and microvilli in the small intestine
    • The regulatory role of the liver
    • Absorption from the small intestine
    • Absorption from the large intestine
    • Digestive thoughts
    • Activity 1, definitions
    • Activity 2, looking at cells
    • Activity 3, animal cells
    • Activity 4, plant cells
    • Activity 5, cells
    • Activity 6, the characteristics of living things
    • Activity 7, classification
    • Activity 8, food
    • Activity 9, the digestive system
    • Glossary
  • Assessment
    • Biology Foundation Assessment
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Course Features
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    2-3 Hours

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    50 Pts

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