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Agricultural Education
Advanced Biological Animal Science
Advanced Animal Biological Science is a one-unit course for upper-level students that addresses biological science standards. Content includes taxonomy, anatomy and physiology, body systems, heredity and genetics, reproduction, hormonal and immune systems, nutrition, health, and well-being. FFA and supervised experience may be included as appropriate. Applications of animal biotechnology may also be included.
Kurt Murray
Introduction to Agriscience

Unit AAS1: The importance of animals
(7 hours)

Benchmark AAS1-1: Students will describe
the roles of animals in our world.

Benchmark AAS1-2: Students will discuss
the origin and development of animal domestication.

Benchmark AAS1-3: Students will
identify trends in animal biological science as applied in agriculture,
companion and service animals, wildlife, and veterinary medicine.

Benchmark AAS1-4: Students will explain
the importance and practice of animal well-being and ethics in the study of
living animals.

Benchmark AAS1-5: Students will
interpret tabular and graphical presentations of animal science information.

Unit AAS2: Career entry and advancement
in animal biological science (5 hours)

Benchmark AAS2-1: Students will
identify occupations in animal biological science and list the competencies
needed for occupational entry and advancement.

Benchmark AAS2-2: Students will name
and describe important personal skills for success in animal biological science

Unit AAS3: Personal and occupational
safety in animal biological science (4 hours)

Benchmark AAS3-1: Students will assess
personal and occupational safety requirements in animal biological science
work, including research laboratories, and choose appropriate safety practices.

Benchmark AAS3-2: Students will
properly select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment when working
in animal biological science.

Unit AAS4: Scientific investigation in
animal biological science (15 hours)

Benchmark AAS4-1: Students will list
and explain procedures in the scientific method.

Benchmark AAS4-2: Students will describe
how to design, carry out, interpret, and draw conclusions from an animal
biological science experiment.

Benchmark AAS4-3: Students will develop
a hypothesis related to animal biological science that can be tested in an

Benchmark AAS4-4: Students will
demonstrate the use of scientific measurement and recording of data.

Benchmark AAS4-5: Students will
identify and demonstrate the use of tools and equipment in a laboratory.

Benchmark AAS4-6: Students will
demonstrate the reporting of animal biological science research, including
observing and recording data in tables and other graphic forms.

Unit AAS5: Taxonomy and classification
(5 hours)

Benchmark AAS5-1: Students will explain
the taxonomy and scientific classification of animals, including aquatic
animals, mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Benchmark AAS5-2: Students will
demonstrate the use of common and scientific names for animals in the local

Unit AAS6: Cellular biology (11 hours)

Benchmark AAS6-1: Students will name
and describe animal cell parts and functions and explain relationships to basic
units of life.

Benchmark AAS6-2: Students will explain
cellular membranes and the transport of materials.

Benchmark AAS6-3: Students will discuss
the release of energy by cells.

Benchmark AAS6-4: Students will explain
the process of cell division.

Benchmark AAS6-5: Students will
describe cellular differentiation and communication in complex multicellular

Benchmark AAS6-6: Students will explain
that cells function according to DNA, including cell cycle and RNA.

Unit AAS7: Animal structures (12 hours)

Benchmark AAS7-1: Students will explain
the relationship and specialization of tissues, organs, and organ systems.

Benchmark AAS7-2: Students will
describe the formation and functions of skeleton, muscle, and skin tissues.

Benchmark AAS7-3: Students will
describe the internal transport systems of animals.

Benchmark AAS7-4: Students will explain
processes in the exchange of gases within an organism.

Unit AAS8: Animal growth and
development (21 hours)

Benchmark AAS8-1: Students will
describe the processes of fertilization and embryo development of mammals.

Benchmark AAS8-2: Students will list
and explain the functions of nutrients needed for animal growth and

Benchmark AAS8-3: Students will
describe enzyme actions that digest starch and protein.

Benchmark AAS8-4: Students will explain
processes in nutrient absorption and utilization, including energy flow and

Benchmark AAS8-5: Students will recognize
animal health and disease signs and explain the role of immune systems in
promoting health.

Benchmark AAS8-6: Students will explain
the production and role of hormones in animals.

Unit AAS9: Animal reproduction (11

Benchmark AAS9-1: Students will explain
animal reproductive processes, including those of mammals, fish, and birds.

Benchmark AAS9-2: Students will explain
male and female reproductive systems and the functions of each in the
reproductive process.

Benchmark AAS9-3: Students will
identify and evaluate factors in fertility, including ovulation and sperm

Benchmark AAS9-4: Students will
describe the practice and importance of artificial insemination, estrous
synchronization, embryo transfer, sperm sorting, and other reproductive

Benchmark AAS9-5: Students will explain
concepts associated with the ability of animals to produce populations of
infinite size and how limiting factors of environment, carrying capacity, and
other resources curtail population growth.

Unit AAS10: Genetics and heredity (15

Benchmark AAS10-1: Students will
discuss the role and importance of genetics and heredity in animals.

Benchmark AAS10-2: Students will
explain and demonstrate probability in genetics using the Punnett square or chi

Benchmark AAS10-3: Students will relate
principles of DNA to heredity and animal engineering and explain how genes form
new combinations during reproduction.

Benchmark AAS10-4: Students will relate
genetics to mechanisms of diversity, adaptation, evolution, and variation in

Unit AAS11: Relating agricultural
animal production to biological science (8 hours)

Benchmark AAS11-1: Students will
identify biological characteristics of animals (structures that perform
functions necessary to maintain life) as related to care and production.

Benchmark AAS11-2: Students will relate
animal life processes and production to environmental factors and issues,
including the release of energy and chemical elements upon death and

Unit AAS12: Agricultural education (6

Benchmark AAS12-1: Students will manage
an appropriate supervised experience in areas of animal biological science.

AAS12-2: Students will identify opportunities for participation and advancement
in the FFA related to animal biological science.

Animal Science: Animal
Production Assistant - CTTC

PASS Skills for Science in Oklahoma

National Science Standards

Biotechnology in Agriculture

Experiments in Biotechnology

Agricultural Biotechnology

On-line lesson plan library. CAERT, Inc.

Learning Lab Kits and Resources, Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service

Animal Science (2nd Edition)-CIMC - Agriculture Career Development: Animal Science-CIMC Supplemental VHS and DVDs - CIMC

Biological Science Application in Agricultural Curriculum Lesson Plan Library CD-ROM, Center for Agricultural and Environmental Research and Training Inc. (CAERT) 2007

Animal Science Biology and Technology, 2nd Edition, Baker and Mikesell; Prentice Hall Interstate - 2005

Applied Science Concepts Kits and Modules - Lab Aids - 2007

Ethos Inc. Lab Science Kits - 2007
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