Jan 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog
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BIOL 1021 - Biology of Women

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course investigates male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, the basis of scientific inquiry and investigation, analysis of scientific data, and sexual and reproductive biology of women and men including contraception, pregnancy, childbirth, and infertility. The biology of cancers, sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and systemic chronic diseases throughout the lifespan is also included. Lab-like experiences and simulations are part of the course. Course is open to both women and men.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: High school biology or BIOL 1020  

Major Content
  1. How science works. The scientific method of inquiry and investigation.
  2. The development of scientific theories
  3. Sexual and reproductive dimensions of womens and mens health.
  4. The reproductive anatomy and physiology of women and men, including development throughout the lifespan
  5. Biologic basis of sexually transmitted diseases and infections
  6. Physiology and treatment of various menstrual disorders
  7. Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, childbirth, and infertility
  8. Action and physiology of various contraceptive methods, their actions, effectiveness, and epidemiology
  9. Understanding the biologic basis for and the prevention of cancers and systemic chronic diseases throughout the female lifespan

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the scientific method, scientific inquiry, and development of scientific theories.
  2. explain sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology of women and men.
  3. analyze various contraceptive methods, their action, effectiveness, and epidemiology.
  4. describe the stages of pregnancy and childbirth.
  5. analyze and explain womens and mens reproductive health diseases or issues; including infertility, cancers, sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
  6. analyze societal issues of biology which are specific to women or men.
  7. evaluate evidence presented as it pertains to gender-specific biological issues; make informed judgments about these issues.
  8. analyze a set of data and make valid conclusions concerning the data.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

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