Concepts of Biology - 1st Canadian Edition
Posted: May 1, 2015 | Updated: May 10, 2019
Author: Charles Molnar, Jane Gair, Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise, Yael Avissar, Jung Choi, Jean DeSaix, Vladimir Jurukovski, Robert Wise, Connie Rye, OpenStax College
In this survey text, directed at those not majoring in biology, we dispel the assumption that a little learning is a dangerous thing. We hope that by skimming the surface of a very deep subject, biology, we may inspire you to drink more deeply and make more informed choices relating to your health, the environment, politics, and the greatest subject that are all of us are entwined in, life itself.
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Concepts of Biology - 1st Canadian Edition by Charles Molnar, Jane Gair, Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise, Yael Avissar, Jung Choi, Jean DeSaix, Vladimir Jurukovski, Robert Wise, Connie Rye, OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
4.5 / 5
Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The text goes straight to the point to be made; the more succinct approach can help students to focus on the important points, but further explanation of the topics, with examples, will need to be done in class by the instructor.
The most important points, in each subject, are well covered, but in a really succinct view. The book works for non-major in biology courses, where the intention is to touch base on the topics, and give the students an idea of the subject.
The book does not cover microbiology. For some courses, in a diversity of colleges or universities, the topic is included in non-majors in biology. I suggest the addition of more information on bacteria, comparing gram-positive and gram-negative to open students mind on the diversity of life. The material could be expanded on section 3.2. Or a prokaryotes section could be created.
The book index is not clear because some topics are covered more than once. Ex. Digestive System in section 11.2 and chapter 15. I suggest chapter 11 covers tissues including examples and mentions all body systems that will be explained in individual chapters.
I really appreciate the learning objectives, and videos added.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The content is accurate, described directly in simple way.
Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
yes, the content is up-to-date, any necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.
Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
Some concepts could be explained further, definitions are given with no further explanation.
Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
yes, terms and terminologies are well employed.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
The text can be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting too much disruption to the reader.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
The unit 4 (Animal Structure and Function) would ideally be reorganized. I recommend that every organ system is covered in a special chapter; and chapter 11 (or section 11.1) just talks about the different tissues to give the students a starting point of diversity of cells, and tissue work performed in physiology. I suggest that every organ system receives one chapter, and sections 11.1-11.6 material is transported to the corresponding chapter.
Chapter 14 material should come first, maybe replacing chapter 11.
Organization Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
Interface Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
no grammatical or spelling errors were identified
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
The text, as far as I can identify, does not include insensitive or offensive language in these areas.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
I do recommend the book to colleges and University courses that include just the topics covered in the book.