This course explores the roles of naturally occurring chemicals in the inter-relationships of organisms, and the historical and current uses of natural chemicals by humans for agricultural and medicinal purposes.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Recognize the origin of the many chemicals that you use in your daily lives;
- Recognize how and why natural chemicals have come to play important roles in human life;
- Develop critical thinking and analytical skills;
- Recognize and explain the ecological roles of natural chemicals;
- Describe and assess the application of natural chemicals in agriculture and medicine;
- Explain the pharmacological basis of the effects of certain natural chemicals;
- Analyze and debate issues concerning the use of natural chemicals; and
- Construct arguments relating natural chemicals to conservation issues.
- Chemicals in the natural world
- Agricultural uses of natural chemicals
- Clinical uses of natural chemicals
- From forest to pharmacy
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)
|Q & A Assignments (3 x 8%)||24%|
|Group Debate Assignments (2 x 20%)||40%|
|Take-Home Final Exam||30%|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
- Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
- A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Environmental Conservation : Electives
*Course details are subject to change.