1st Edition


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BIO-Principles 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-Principles pairs Biology content with Wiley’s revolutionary teaching and learning tool: WileyPLUS. WileyPLUS contains your course content organised within an online learning community. Students have the opportunity to engage with key content, their instructor and their classmates. It invites students to ask questions, share insights, and personalise study materials - so they can invest in their own unique learning experience.

BIO-Principles combines adaptive self-study activities with an interactive and collaborative new etext that establishes a personalised learning path for each student. Individual progress feedback drives students to study and practice more effectively and to achieve mastery of the content and a deep conceptual understanding. In addition, a unique suite of customisable and collaboration features offers students a personal study journal of course notes and activities, and encourages peer-to-peer discussions surrounding the content.

BIO-Principles also provides a unique and personalised teaching experience for instructors, allowing them to easily customise and add their own material and engage students with pedagogies shown to enhance learning and retention. A sophisticated set of reporting and analytic tools provide greater insight into course activity and student progress.


WileyPLUS is an easy way for students to learn, collaborate, and grow. With WileyPLUS, students create a personalised study plan, assess progress along the way, and make deeper connections as they interact with the course material and each other. 

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

WileyPLUS combines ORION adaptive practice and assessment activities with dynamic content as well as a suite of customisation and collaboration tools:

  • Assets (narrative content, media and resources) are mapped to key learning concepts in an integrative and customisable manner. 
  • Contains a number of assets for instructors including activities and resources designed to enhance critical thinking and facilitate a focused assessment. 
  • ORION Adaptive Practice modules establish and reinforce a personal learning path by providing individual feedback, driving students to engage with interactive content—leading them to study more effectively and understand more deeply. 
  • ORION Adaptive Practice Section – Contained in every chapter, these ORION adaptive practice modules contain a large number of questions than spans Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students will be presented with questions that ask them to evaluate, analyse and synthesise concepts beyond just the first two levels of Bloom’s. 
  • Multiple resources for faculty to help facilitate a flipped classroom such as group-learn and in-class activities. 
  • A great value to students with access to a powerful learning system at a considerable savings over current traditional course options. 
  • 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 through a set of reporting and diagnostic tools help to gauge individual student progress.


Resources and Support

The Wiley Faculty Network partners with researchers and faculty to provide the support and expertise you need to enhance your teaching and empower your students. Get started today with guidance and resources tailored to your course by connecting with one of our Mentors, or attend a collaborative Online Event. You can also browse timely training and tutorial videos at     

WileyPLUS includes the following resources for Instructors and Students.

Visit to learn more: 

WileyPLUS with ORION Critical Thinking Test Bank: Test your students’ comprehension with this digital collection of fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, true/false, and free-response questions. Lecture PPTs with Integrated Clicker Questions: Our PowerPoint™ presentations contain a combination of key concepts allowing you to illustrate important topics with images, figures, and problems from the textbook.  Tools and Activities for Flipping the Classroom Pre-lecture Questions Guide to Using Social Media in the Classroom Tools for Enriching Your Course with Media and Primary Literature.

Topics covered

  1. The Study of Life 
  2. The Chemical Foundation of Life 
  3. Biological Macromolecules 
  4. Cell Structure
  5. Structure and Function of Plasma Membranes 
  6. Metabolism
  7. Cellular Respiration 
  8. Photosynthesis  
  9. Cell Communication 
  10. Cell Reproduction 
  11. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction 
  12. Mendel's Experiments and Heredity 
  13. Modern Understandings of Inheritance 
  14. DNA Structure and Function 
  15. Genes and Proteins
  16. Gene Expression
  17. Biotechnology and Genomics
  1. Evolution and the Origin of Species
  2. The Evolution of Populations
  3. Phylogenies and the History of Life
  4. Viruses
  5. Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea
  6. Protists
  7. Fungi
  8. Seedless Plants
  9. Seed Plants
  10. Introduction to Animal Diversity
  11. Invertebrates
  12. Vertebrates
  13. Plant Form and Physiology
  14. Soil and Plant Nutrition
  15. Plant Reproduction
  16. The Animal Body: Basic Form and Function
  1. Animal Nutrition and the Digestive System
  2. The Nervous System
  3. Sensory Systems and Movement
  4. The Endocrine System
  5. The Musculoskeletal System
  6. The Respiratory System
  7. The Circulatory System
  8. Osmotic Regulation and Excretion
  9. The Immune System
  10. Animal Reproduction and Development
  11. Ecology and the Biosphere
  12. Population and Community Ecology
  13. Ecosystems
  14. Conservation Biology and Biodiversity