Mohammad Qneibi
Nature of Work
Associate Professor
Email Address
[email protected]

Mohammad Qneibi

Nature of Work
Associate Professor
Email Address
[email protected]
General Biology for Health Sciences - 7104101
Course Title
General Biology for Health Sciences
Course Number
Instructor Name
Mohammad Qneibi
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 1
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course discusses the biological activity at the level of the cell, including cell structure, chemical constituents, cellular macromolecules, architecture, enzymes, material exchange with the environment, cell membrane, cell communication, major energy-generating biochemical pathways, cellular respiration and basic concepts in cell division.



Theoretical contents

  1. How living systems function and how they interact with the physical environment. This includes an understanding of the cycling of matter and flow of energy in living systems. 
  2. The characteristics, structure, and function of cells, of organisms and of living systems. 
  3. The principles of heredity, biological evolution, and the diversity and interdependence of life. 
  4. Historical perspectives, scientific approaches, and emerging scientific issues associated with Biology.

Online Practical contents

The focus of most in-class/off-class (homework assignments) is on understanding selected topics in-depth and applying the information to understand novel situations/concepts. There will also be different activities throughout the semester to help you review or preview information, or to serve some other function as class needs arise.

The Off-Class (homework assignments) are divided into three categories:

1- Reading Assignment – Each chapter, students will be given a paragraph to read and analyze over the course of the semester. 

2- Selected videos from YouTube – Each chapter, students will be given a video to analyze and answer questions using the Socrative program over the course of the semester. 

3- Case Study – The students will be given 5 different concepts throughout the semester. Students will have to synthesize and evaluate these concepts. Students will be examined in the class by using MS online quiz. 

There will be two quizzes per unit, one for the whole unit, and one for the case study. Each quiz worth 2 points. Quizzes must be completed in class using the Socrative program. 

In-Class Activity

Daily activity – Students will complete an MS or T/f or fill-in-blank questions, reflecting on an applying what they have learned during class as well as any experiences that they have received outside of class. Each item in this log will relate to how well they understand from the lecture. 

Class participation and attendance will be assessed through the use of online questions (Socrative). If you are present and answer the Socrative questions, you will receive credit. If you are absent from class, regardless of your reason, there is no way to make up the points. It is your responsibility to make sure to register on the Socrative website and to function correctly.

Course Objectives

This course is intended to provide an opportunity to investigate an area of Biology and the integral part of everyday life biology plays. We will investigate the composition, diversity, and how living things are connected on earth. Fundamentals concepts of heredity and evolution will lead to investigations into explorations of the living world, the physical environment, and the interactions that occur in and between ecosystems. 

Students engage in investigations to learn and explain the behavior of living things in a diversity of scenarios that combine scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills, and real-world applications. 

This course is a freshman-level course at Najah University with prior knowledge of physical science is a plus. Students completing general biology may move onto basic chemistry, environmental science, or human anatomy & physiology. 

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

A. Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. Explain the origin of modern biology briefly as a discipline and its three main strands of cytology, biochemistry, and genetics.
  1. Distinguish between the techniques that are used in cell visualization, the microscope and other methods in modern biology.
  1. Understand basic chemistry concepts that are important in understanding biology concepts.
  2. Identify the structure and function of the four major macromolecules (i.e., carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids).
  3. Investigate the structure and function of cells and cell parts.
  4. Explore the nature of enzymes, their catalytic and kinetic properties, and factors that affect their activities.
  5. Explore the essential processes including energy transformation, cellular respiration, cell communication, and signal transduction.
  6. Describe how the transport of materials in and out of cells enables cells to maintain homeostasis (i.e., osmosis, diffusion, active transport).
  7. Identify the mechanics of mitosis, meiosis, and binary fission and explain the significance of each of them.

B. Intellectual skills:

  1. Compare and contrast the structure & function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  2. Compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
  3. Use reasoning as they apply biology concepts to their lives.

C. General and transferable skills: 

  1. Search the Internet. 
  2. Learn independently.
  3. Work cooperatively with a team.
  4. Communicate efficiently using science language and reasoning.
Textbook and References


  • Biology, 2009, 9th ed., Campbell and Reece, Pearson.


  • Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry; Richard A. Harvey & Denise R. Ferrier; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 5th Ed. (July 12, 2010)
  • The world of the cell, -8th Ed., Jeff Hardin, Gregory Bertoni, and Lewis J. Kleinsmith.
  • Biology ,2nd Ed., Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling.
  • Concepts in biology, 13th Ed., Enger, Ross, and Bailey.

-Any other available references at An-Najah National University library.

-Internet resources (like YouTube, flashes, interactive animations ).

Assessment Criteria
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