First Semester 2013-2014
In addition to part-I (General Handout for all courses) printed on page 1 of the timetable book, this
portion gives further specific details regarding the course.
Course No.

: BIO F111

Course Title


Instructor-in-charge : VEEKY BATHS
Team of Instructors : Gautam Krishnan, Malabika Biswas, Sukanta Mondal, Kundan Kumar,
Indrani Talukdar, Vijayashree Nayak,Arnab Banerjee, Raviprasad
1. Course Description:
Living systems and their properties; classification of organisms; biochemistry; biochemical
pathways operative in organisms; introductory genetics, evolution, ecology and environmental
sciences; basic plant and human physiological processes.
2. Scope and Objectives:
The course is aimed to provide a broad introduction to the major principles and topics in
biology. The relationship of the living organism with its environment at the molecular level is
highlighted, in line with modern research in biological sciences. Effort would be made to relate
what is being taught in the classroom with real-world applications, so that the student can
appreciate the relevance and interdisciplinary nature of biology. The course offers an
opportunity to the students in all disciplines to understand the beautiful working of Nature –
undoubtedly the best architect till date – and to apply the knowledge gained to solve
challenging problems in science and/or engineering.
3. Text Book:
Enger, E.D., Ross, F.C. and David B. Bailey. Concepts in Biology (14th edition, BITS-Pilani
Custom edition 2012). New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Ltd.
4. Reference Books:

RB1: Campbell, N.A., et. al. Essential Biology with Physiology (2

edition). New Delhi:

Pearson Education Inc., 2009.

RB2: Starr, Cecie. Biology: Concepts and Applications (6 edition). India: Thomson

Brooks/Cole, 2007.
5. Lecture Plan:


nucleic acids. # Learning Objectives Topics to be covered Chap. prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. translation and their control. chromosomal abnormalities Mendelian genetics – laws of heredity. RNA and protein synthesis – transcription. cancer and cell cycle. stages of mitosis.Lect. proteins 3. HGP. GM organisms. #* 1 Orientation to BIO F111 Why Study Biology? Course Structure. Calvin cycle. Team of Instructors 2 Introduction to the study of life Science and the scientific method. nonmembranous organelles. biotechnology ethics Biological species concept. cell membrane and membrane-bound organelles. process of fermentation Basics of Photosynthesis. stem cells and cloning. carbohydrates. Membrane transport mechanisms. 5 4-6 7-8 Cell Structure 8-9 Cell Function 10-11 12-13 Biochemical Pathways – Cellular Respiration Biochemical Pathways – Photosynthesis 14-17 DNA and RNA – The Molecular Basis of Heredity 18-21 Cell Division – Proliferation and Reproduction 22-24 Patterns of Inheritance 25-27 Techniques and Applications of Biotechnology 28-29 30-31 Diversity within species and Natural selection Human Physiology: Material exchange in the body Cell theory. extensions to Mendel’s laws. Co-enzymes and energy Cellular respiration – three stages of generating ATPs. autotrophs and heterotrophs DNA structure and replication. 13 24 Instructor . Enzymes.5 6 7 8 9 10 + RB1: 9 11 + RB1: 11. other influences on phenotype DNA Fingerprinting. light reactions. acellular infectious particles 20 Organic chemistry of living things Building blocks.12 12. genetic diversity. linkage. the science of biology 1 3 Classification Classification of organisms. Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection Human circulatory and excretory systems 2 Class notes 4 4. survey of domains. lipids. Meiosis – stages and generation of genetic diversity. mutations Cell cycle and Mitosis.

gametogenesis. contraception. Chamber consultation hours: To be announced in the class. Evaluation Scheme: Date and Time # Evaluation component Duration Weight Remarks 1 Test-1 60 min 25% 2 Test-2 60 min 25% 3 Quizzes Variable 10% Closed book Open Book book Closed book 4 Comprehensive Examination 3 hrs 40% Closed book 8. the final decision would rest with the instructor team. 11. Sex and Sexuality. Instructor-in-charge. BIO C111 3 . Human development Energy flow through ecosystems. abortion.16 + RB1:20 27 + RB1: 26 Unless specified otherwise. male and female reproductive systems – hormonal controls. Grading Policy: Grades would be awarded as per the institute guidelines. Human impact on ecosystems Human sexuality and determinants. Also refer to Clause 4. However. Decision for borderline cases would be based also on the student’s sincerity and his/her participation in classroom activities. 7. pregnancy and early human development. Portions for self-study: To be announced in class and Photon from time to time. Make-up Policy: You may apply for make-up only if you miss any of the evaluation components due to serious medical emergency for which a valid proof would have to be produced. 10.Body’s control mechanisms Body’s protection mechanism Human nervous and endocrine systems 26 Human immune system 26 35-38 Ecosystems and Environmental Sciences 39-42 Human Reproduction. changes in sexual function with age 32-33 34 * 15. Community Interactions. Notices: All course announcements will be displayed on Photon. the numbers in the last column correspond to chapters from the textbook 6. Make-up for quizzes and assignments will not be given. 9.07 of BITS Academic Regulations for more details.