Week 1: ATOMS TO CELLS
Lecture 1: Introduction and Outline; Scientific Process; Characteristics of Living things.
Lecture 2: Basic chemistry; Biological molecules.
Lecture 3: Cell structure; Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells; Cellular organelles;
Week 2: CELLS IN ACTION
Lecture 4: Cellular organelles continued; Cell function; Cell membranes.
Lecture 5: Organisation of Cells into Tissues; Human organisation.
Lecture 6: Organisation of Cells into Tissues; Human organisation.
Week 3: BODY BITS: METABOLISM & HUMAN ORGAN SYSTEMS
Lecture 7: Cell metabolism, Respiration and Photosynthesis.
Lecture 8: Cell metabolism, Respiration and Photosynthesis.
Lecture 9: Digestive System and Nutrition
Week 4: GETTING IT TOGETHER: THE HUMAN INDIVIDUAL
Lecture 10: Urinary System and Excretion, Cardiovascular System.
Lecture 11: Respiratory system, Muscles and skeletons
Lecture 12: Nervous System and Senses.
Week 5: HORMONES, IMMUNITY AND REPRODUCTION
Lecture 13: The Endocrine System; Hormones, Steroids.
Lecture 14: The Immune System; Immunisation; Breast feeding.
Lecture 15: Cell Division; Mitosis and the Cell cycle, Meiosis and Fertilisation.
Week 6: HUMAN REPRODUCTION; LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
Lecture 16: Reproduction, Birth Control, Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Lecture 17: Theories of Sexual Attraction, The Physiological basis of Love.
Lecture 18: The molecular basis of Inheritance; DNA and the genetic code.
Week 7: THE BASIS OF INHERITANCE
Lecture 19: DNA and the Genetic Code (continued), Protein Synthesis.
Lecture 20: From Genes to Phenotype; Introduction to Genetics, Review of Meiosis.
Lecture 21: Chromosome Abnormalities and Genetic Diseases.
Week 8: DNA MANIPULATION, BIOTECHNOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY
Lecture 22: Gene cloning and Recombinant DNA technology.
Lecture 23: Genetically Modified Organisms; Cloning of Whole Animals.
Lecture 24: The Diversity of Living things, How many species are there?
Week 9: WHEN IT GOES WRONG, MICRORGANISMS GOOD AND BAD
Lecture 25: Cancers at the Cellular and DNA level; Aging; Why do we have to die?
Lecture 26: A tour of diseases, New and Emerging Diseases, Antibiotic resistance.
Lecture 27: The Human Microbiome.
Week 10: HUMANS AND MICROORGANISMS, SHARING THE PLANET
Lecture 28: Microorganisms in the service of Humankind
Lecture 29: Symbiosis: cooperation between genes, cells, and species
Lecture 30: Human effects on the Biosphere, Past, Present and Future.
Week 11: EVOLUTION, WHERE DID WE COME FROM AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Lecture 31: Understanding Evolution.
Lecture 32: On the Origin of Life on Earth (and elsewhere)
Lecture 33: Genetics of the great apes; Evolution of Man, What makes us Human?
Week 12: BIOLOGICAL LITERACY, REVIEW
Lecture 34: Critical thinking; Recent Breakthroughs in Biological Science
Lecture 35: What’s in the Exam; Review of Course
Lecture 36: Revision and Zoom sessions