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Bio Moodle Biol 101 Individual Assignment

Biology 101 - Spring 2011

Welcome to Biology 101! This term's topics include Nature of Science, Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology.

Our final exam will be on Wednesday, June 8, from 2:00 to 3:50, in room 204 of the new Health and Wellness Center. Please check out the room location before the final so you know where to go.

For the Pond Diversity lab:

Pond organism feeding key

Revised Spring Schedule - Revised 7 April 2011. Note changes in the reading schedule and deletion of Chapter 17.


  • Audesirk, Audesirk, & Byer, Biology: Life on Earth, Special Edition (or 8th edition).
  • Lab packet for Bi 101 (available from your Moodle portal for individual printing)ou can download and print the labs here. .

Link to the Moodle portal
- this is where to go to find the weekly quizzes. Also sign up for your lab section to get the lab materials.


Combined lecture and lab syllabus for Spring 2011

How to Succeed in College Science

Weekly Study Plan for Bi 101 - They say you should spend two hours studying for every hour in class. What will you do with all that time?



Gradebooks for lecture and lab will be posted here after the first assessments.

Extra Credit Opportunities

If you would like some extra credit at the end of the term, you may complete and turn in any or all of enrichment assignments that will be listed here and on Moodle. You may earn up to 25 points extra credit points (about 5% of the final total) over the course of the term.


In-class activities

Resources needed for in-class activities will be posted here:

Lecture Notes:

Print out the PDF handout or print your own preferred style of handout from the PowerPoint before coming to class. You will need these for in-class activities and note-taking.

Chapter 1 PowerPointPDF

Chapter 14 PowerPointPDF

Chapter 15 PowerPointPDF

Chapter 16 (parts 1-3) PowerPointPDF

Chapter 18 & 19.4(1-3) PowerPointPDF

Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 (part 1 of each) PowerPointPDF

Chapter 26 (parts 1-3) PowerPointPDF

Chapter 27 PowerPointPDF

Chapter 28 (parts 1-5) PowerPointPDF

Chapter 29 (parts 1-2) PowerPointPDF

Chapters 30 (part 1) and 18 (part 4) PowerPointPDF

Chapter 26.4 and Chapter 30 PowerPointPDF


Chapter study guides: These guides will help you focus on the important concepts (and common misconceptions about the concepts) in each chapters. I use these guides when writing test questions, so do not neglect them!

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Life on Earth

Chapter 14: Principles of Evolution

Chapter 15: How Organisms Evolve

Chapter 16: The Origin of Species

Chapter 18: Systematics

Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23: Overview of the Domains and Kingdoms (part 1 of each)

Chapter 26: Population Growth

Chapter 27: Community Interactions

Chapter 28: Ecosystems

Chapter 29: Biomes

Chapter 17: The History of Life

Chapter 30: Conserving Life on Earth


Links to useful websites

Astrobiology at NASA

Mars Rover NASA page

Peppered Moth interactive animation

Survival of the Sneakiest comic strip

Encyclopedia of Life

Planet Bob

E.O. Wilson Lecture (TED Award) (HiRes version)

Jane Goodall Lecture (TED Awards)

Main page ► Context

A context is a space in Moodle where roles can be assigned. For example, a Moodle site is one context and that contains a number of other contexts within it. A category is a context, within a site context, that contains courses and sub-categories that have a context of their own.

A course may hold, within its own context, an activity, or a Question bank's question category, which are also contexts. A context might contain other contexts and Roles can be assigned to each context.

There is a hierarchy of contexts which helps locate and define a specific space. A course can have many contexts in its space. These might include lesson, assignment, forum and quiz modules and blocks.

Generally speaking, this hierarchy allows a lower context to receive information from a higher context. Thus a student in the context of Course A, will initially be considered a student in a Quiz context that is located in Course A. Or when a theme has been set for the Biology course categories, that is passed on to Biology 101.

Roles and contexts

A context is combined with role permissions to define a User's capabilities on any page in Moodle. Typically contexts have their own organization structure which allow a User's role to be passed along to the context "below" but not to the one above it.

It is possible to assign a user different permissions based upon a specific context. For example, a user might be given the role of "student" for a course but be given a teacher's role in the context of one specific forum. Or a user can be a teacher of one course and a student in another course.

Many Moodle contexts have a place to grant exceptions to specific roles within that context. Those exceptions are non-transferable from that context. That is, an exception can be applied to the next context downward, but cannot applied sideways nor upward from that context.

Forum discussion

The ideas inherent in this discussion "Roles and contexts in Moodle 1.7" are still relevant to Moodle 2.

Graphic showing contexts within contexts

The image below shows a few contexts and their relationships. The "System" or Moodle site is the overall context. The user is defined initially in this context.

  • The System context has 2 contexts under it, with other context under them
    • The Front page context has
      • An activity module context and
      • A block context within it
    • The Course Category context has
      • A Course context within it. The course context has
        • An activity module context and
        • A block context within it

(Source: Development:Roles#Context)

Another graphic of hierarchy

See also

Each context can have a different role assigned to a User
Showing the Site > Category > Course contexts but not activities