1st Edition


© 2015

BIO-Concepts is a teaching and learning solution that offers quality content in a dynamic and engaging format, all in one place and at an affordable price.

BIO-Concepts pairs OpenStax College’s nonmajors Biology text with additional premium content and Wiley’s revolutionary teaching and learning tool: WileyPLUS. This course solution organises your course content within an online learning community, inviting students to ask questions, share insights, and personalise study materials - so they can invest in their own unique learning experience.

BIO-Concepts offers solutions for real teaching problems. Features such as ORION adaptive self-study activities help students become more engaged in their own personalised learning path. Individual progress feedback drives students to study and practice more effectively and to achieve mastery of the content. In addition, a unique suite of customisable and collaboration features offers students a personal study journal of course notes and activities, and encourages student collaboration and discussion

BIO-Concepts also provides a unique and personalised teaching experience for instructors, allowing them to easily customise and add their own material. The course also offers an array of engaging pedagogies proven to enhance learning and retention as well as a set of reporting and analytic tools to provide greater insight into course activity and student progress.


WileyPLUS is an easy way for students to learn, collaborate, and grow.  

Through a combination of dynamic course materials and visual reports, this collaborative learning environment allows you and your students to immediately diagnose strengths and problem areas in order to act on what’s most important.

  • ORION Adaptive Practice Modules establish and reinforce a personal learning path by providing individual feedback, driving students to engage with interactive content. 
  • Interactive Course Content - Narrative content, media, and resources are mapped to key learning concepts in an integrative and customisable manner. 
  • Instructor Assets - Activities and resources designed to promote student engagement and enable a focused assessment as well as multiple resources for faculty to help facilitate a flipped classroom such as group-learn and in-class activities. 
  • Customisation - Instructors can easily customise and add their own material, author and modify questions, assign reading and practice activities, and invite course discussions according to their own course design.  
  • Powerful analytics - A set of reporting and diagnostic tools help to immediately diagnose strengths and problem areas in order to act on what’s most important.  
  • A Great Value - Students gain access to a powerful learning system at a considerable savings over current traditional course options.


Topics covered

Chapter 1: Introduction to Biology 
Chapter 2: Chemistry of Life
Chapter 3: Cell Structure and Function 
Chapter 4: How Cells Obtain Energy  
Chapter 5: Photosynthesis  
Chapter 6: Reproduction at the Cellular Level  
Chapter 7: The Cellular Basis of Inheritance 
Chapter 8: Patterns of Inheritance 
Chapter 9: Molecular Biology  

Chapter 10: Biotechnology 
Chapter 11: Evolution and Its Processes 
Chapter 12: Diversity of Life  
Chapter 13: Diversity of Microbes, Fungi, and Protists  
Chapter 14: Diversity of Plants  
Chapter 15: Diversity of Animals  
Chapter 16: The Body’s Systems  

Chapter 17: The Immune System and Disease  
Chapter 18: Animal Reproduction and Development 
Chapter 19: Population and Community Ecology 
Chapter 20: Ecosystems and the Biosphere  
Chapter 21: Conservation and Biodiversity