This course is designed for students who are taking or about
to take introductory biology at the college level. Its focus will be providing the repeated
practice and critical thinking activities that will enable students to be
successful in the class in which they are formally enrolled.
WARNING: This course is more "strict" than many Coursera courses:
It makes heavy use of peer assessment assignments. They are required to earn a Distinction certificate.
Quizzes are timed
All quizzes and peer assessments have weekly due dates
This course will
cover the foundational concepts of cell biology and chemistry:
Parts of a cell and its membrane
Polarity, charge and water
Membrane transport, rearranging the cell and cell movement
Biological macromolecules and their functional chemistry
Manufacturing and transporting of proteins
Membrane potentials and action potentials
Genes, alleles, mutations
Cellular respiration, photosynthesis as redox reactions
This course is part of a research project to study student learning at UCI. The study information sheet is posted here. You can opt out of your data being used as part of anonymous analysis by contacting Dr. Sun as listed on the information sheet.
Week One: Molecules, polarity, cell membranes and water movement
Week Two: Protein synthesis and localization
Week Three: Neurophysiology, genes and mutations
Week Four: Redox reactions, respiration and photosynthesis