SCED 203 Flow of Matter and Energy in Life Systems
Fall 2009 Alejandro Acevedo
Class: SMATE SL 210; MWF 13:00-15:00 h
Phone/email: Alejandro Acevedo (email: firstname.lastname@example.org,, phone: 650-3653)
Office Hours: Acevedo (BI 309): M 15-16; T 10-13; F 11-12
Graduate TA: Ian Healey (email: email@example.com)
Required Text: SCED 203- 2009 Course Manual, available at the bookstore. Please bring the manual
to class each day. Extra copies will NOT be available if you forget to bring yours.
In this third course of a three-course series you will receive a firm base in the scientific study of life through
inquiry-based instruction and the conduction of scientific activities. The course covers basic biology and
chemistry, with emphasis on diversity and evolution of life, interactions between living organisms and their
environment, and energy transformations, including photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will:
1. Describe how energy and matter are acquired by and transferred through living organisms.
2. Describe how an ecosystem is structured according to flows of matter and energy.
3. Understand how the flow of energy and matter influences the evolution of living organisms.
4. Understand that science and common sense use similar thought processes (logic).
5. Make detailed observations and descriptions of patterns.
6. Formulate hypotheses and predictions.