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Iology 112 Course Objectives - Classification and Diversity of Life

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MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

BIOLOGY 112 COURSE OBJECTIVES

CLASSIFICATION AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE

OBJECTIVES: After completing this unit, the student should be able to:

I. SYSTEMATICS: SEEKING ORDER AMIDST DIVERSITY (Chapter 18)

1. State the two taxon levels that form the scientific name of an organism and explain the importance of identifying an organism by its scientific name.

2. List the eight major categories, or taxonomic ranks, in order from domain to species.

3. Name the three domains of life.

4. Diagram a tree of life and explain the relationship between the domains and kingdoms.

5. Name the four kingdoms in the domain Eukarya and give examples of organisms in each kingdom.

6. Define biodiversity and state the named biodiversity and estimated biodiversity.

7. Explain the connection between deforestation and species loss.

II. THE DIVERSITY OF PROKARYOTES AND VIRUSES (Chapter 19)

78. Define prokaryote.

89. Compare the relative sizes of eukaryotic cells, prokaryotic cells, and viruses.

910. Describe the three common prokaryote shapes.

101. Differentiate between binary fission and conjugation.

112. Explain the importance of:

a. nitrogen-fixing bacteria

b. nature's recyclers (biodegrading bacteria)

c. Clostridium botulinum

d. Streptococcus

e. E. coli.

123. Explain this statement: A pathogen can be a bacterium, but not all bacteria are pathogens.

134. Explain why most biologists do not consider viruses to be alive.

viruses lack many of the traits that characterize life.

145. Describe the general characteristics of viruses.

156. Explain how viruses replicate.

167. Give an several examples of a common viral infections and explain why viral infections are difficult to treat.

178. Define prion and give an example

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