ANAT SC 1102 - Human Biology IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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Human biology is the study of human life. It incorporates a variety of disciplines and focuses on issues that affect humans at the individual, population and species levels. As well as introducing students to content, emphasis is placed on developing skills in research, critical analysis and communication of scientific information relevant to the study of humans. Human Biology IA specifically investigates the relationships between normal structure and function in human cells, tissues and organs, along with mechanisms that maintain homeostasis within an individual. The course materials are organised into modules dealing with Cells and Tissues, Bone, Joints and Muscle, Nervous and Endocrine systems and Reproduction. The course does not assume prior knowledge of year 12 biology or chemistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 1102
    Course Human Biology IA
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Research-based assessment tasks, online assessment, written test and exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mario Ricci

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Mario Ricci
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3294
    Location: Room 17, Level 1, Medical School North

    Lecturer: Dr Julie Haynes
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5769
    Location: Room 27, Level 1, Medical School North

    Lecturer: Dr Renee Turner
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3144
    Location: Room 24, Level 5, Medical School North

    Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Beckett
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5311
    Location: Room 17, Level 4, Medical School North

    Student Services Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5571
    Location: Room 31, Level 1, Medical School North
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of the structure of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels of organisation.
    2 Demonstrate an understanding that structure and function are interrelated, and provide specific examples of such interrelationships from within the human body.
    3 Correlate specific structural features of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the human body with their normal functions, and appreciate that alterations to structure affect function.
    4 Apply their knowledge of the human body in the interpretation of common health-related scenarios encountered in day-to-day living.
    5 Demonstrate respect for the human body and for the diversity observed within the human species.
    6 Work cooperatively in tutorials and practicals to gain deeper understanding
    7 Demonstrate research skill development including locating, critically evaluating, organising, synthesising and communicating scientific information.
    8 Develop and display the motivation necessary for ongoing independent learning.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Handbook
    An electronic copy (pdf file) of the Human Biology IA Handbook will be available for download on MyUni during week 1 of semester. 

    The recommended textbook for Human Biology IA (and Human Biology IB in semester 2) is: Martini FH, Ober WC and Nath JL (2011) Visual Anatomy and Physiology. Benjamin Cummings, Boston.

    This textbook can be purchased from Unibooks on campus:

    Please note: if you purchase a hardcopy of this textbook, you will receive an access code which enables you to view an electronic copy of the textbook on the Pearson website, as well as access to the iPad version of this textbook via the Pearson eText App:
    In addition, this password will give you access to a supplemental website called Mastering A&P (Anatomy and Physiology) with interactive resources, quizzes, activities etc. Feel free to make use of this website as part of your studies.

    It is assumed (but not compulsory) that each student will have access to the recommended textbook, as most lecture topics, as well as many laboratory and tutorial exercises, are based around readings from the textbook. The Barr Smith Library contains several copies of the recommended textbook (as well as other useful anatomy and physiology textbooks), but it might not always be available every time you require it.

    You may be able to purchase a second hand copy of this textbook via advertisements on notice boards around the university. If you have access to any alternate general anatomy and physiology textbook (e.g. Tortora and Derrickson, 2012, Anatomy and Physiology 13th Ed, Wiley) then you can use this textbook instead of the recommended textbook.

    Please note that you will also need to purchase a laboratory coat for Human Biology IA prior to the week 2 laboratory session. Unibooks also sells laboratory coats.
    Recommended Resources
    In addition to the textbook, students may find a text on scientific writing, referencing and communications skills to assist with the assessment tasks and assignments, not only for Human Biology IA (and IB), but also for the other core Health Sciences courses (i.e. Public Health IA and IB). You do not need to purchase such a book as there are copies in the Barr Smith library which you can borrow. An example of a good writing skills book is:
    Summers J and Smith B 2010 Communication Skills Handbook 3rd Ed. Wiley, Brisbane
    Online Learning
    MyUni is the primary entry point to online learning at the University of Adelaide and can be accessed either on or off campus from an internet connected computer using a web browser.
    The URL of MyUni is 
    Students can log into MyUni using their University of Adelaide Username (student ID number preceded by the letter “a”) and Password. Once logged in to MyUni, the information displayed is specific to the person and the courses into which they are enrolled.

    All of the teaching and learning resources supporting the Human Biology IA course are made available through MyUni and it is expected that all students will use MyUni for a range of purposes including: 
    • Regularly checking for important Announcements from the course coordinator and other staff such as updates of day-to-day activities, and any changes to information in the Course Handbook.
    • Accessing course materials e.g. lecture and laboratory notes, tutorial papers, and past examination papers.
    • Completing onlines quizzes and activities that contribute to assessment of Human Biology IA.
    • Checking for grades and accessing feedback on assessment tasks.
    • Communicating with fellow students and staff about course issues via the discussion boards. Please note: Discussion boards are moderated and by entering a discussion board students agree to abide by the MyUni forum guidelines, which can be found at
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Human Biology IA utilises a range of teaching and learning modes in recognition of the diversity of learning styles exhibited by the student population. Lectures identify the concepts on which human biology is based and provide basic factual information and examples illustrating these concepts. The lectures are supported by lectorials, tutorials, online quizzes, and assessment activities, all of which are designed to clarify understanding of concepts and apply them to new scenarios, often within a problem-solving context. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity for visual and interactive learners to integrate the predominantly theoretical knowledge from lectures with that obtained via personal observations and hands on investigations, and for all students to acquire a more holistic perspective of the interactions between three-dimensional body form and functions at various hierarchical levels.

    Assessment tasks throughout the semester focus on:
    1. Understanding key concepts and content covered in classes, and
    2. Developing research skills within a range of biomedical contexts relevant to the wellbeing of humans. This is implemented progressively as the course unfolds and utilises the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework (Willison and O’Regan 2007) available at:

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    You should spend a minumum of 12 hours a week on study activities for this course.
    This includes an average of 5 hours per week for in-class activities (lectures, tutorial, laboratory) and 7 hours for revision, preparation, study and completion of assessment tasks.
    Note: Attendance at tutorial and laboratory sessions is compulsory.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A detailed week-by-week timetable of classes (lectures, tutorial, laboratory) and assessment tasks can be found in MyUni.
    Week(s) Module Lectures
    1 - Introduction to Human Biology IA.
    Introduction to Anatomical Terms.
    1-3 Module 1: The Cell Nucleus.
    Plasma membrane.
    3-4 Module 2: Tissues Epithelium.
    Connective Tissues.
    From Tissues to Organs.
    5-6 Module 3: Bone & Muscle Skeleton and Bones.
    Muscle Tissue.
    Muscle Contraction.
    7 Modules 1 & 2 Revision.
    8-9 Module 4: Nervous System Introduction to Nervous System.
    Brain Structure and Function.
    Action Potentials.
    Neurotransmission & Synapses.
    Motor & Sensory Pathways.
    9-10 Module 5: Endocrine System Hormones and Receptors.
    Regulation of Hormone Secretion.
    Endocrine System.
    11-12 Module 6: Reproduction Male Reproductive System.
    Female Reproductive System.
    Female Reproductive Cycle.
    Fertilisation & Implantation.
    13 - Revision
    Specific Course Requirements
    Requirements for Access to Laboratories

    All students enrolled in Human Biology IA will receive a name badge in week 1 of semester (see MyUni>Announcements for details). It is a requirement that you wear your name badge to all laboratory sessions and tutorials in Human Biology. If you do not receive your name badge before the week 2 laboratory session, please contact Associate Professor Mario Ricci.

    Please note that the wearing of appropriate protective clothing (a laboratory coat and enclosed shoes) and a name badge is compulsory for laboratory sessions held in the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory (dissecting room). Because of Occupational Health and Safety requirements, students not complying with this policy will not be admitted to the anatomy laboratory and will be recorded as being absent from the session. NO LAB COAT - NO ENTRY - NO EXCUSES! Laboratory coats are not supplied or available for loan from the School of Medical Sciences. You can purchase a laboratory coat on campus from Unibooks.

    Rules for Student Conduct in Laboratories

    It is expected that all students will behave in an appropriate and responsible manner when using facilities within the School of Medical Sciences. Failure to comply will result in withdrawal of permission to use the facilities from offending students.

    The University has certain obligations to both staff and students in relation to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and certain other Government legislation e.g. Anatomy Act of South Australia. In order to fulfill these obligations, each student must view a 'Laboratory Conduct Safety Guidelines' online induction on MyUni, and then complete the associated OH&S Induction Quiz prior to the week 2 laboratory session. If you do not complete this online induction, you will not be allowed entry into the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory.

    Annual Memorial and Dedication Service

    Each year approximately 80 bodies of deceased individuals are donated to the University of Adelaide to support teaching and research efforts in medicine and other health-related professions, undertaken by all of the universities in South Australia. Donation of a body by an individual is an act of great courage and public spirit, and such a gesture often has a high emotional impact on the donor’s family and friends.

    A Memorial and Dedication Service is conducted to pay tribute to these unselfish individuals and their families, and thank them for their generous gift. Without the generosity of these people, the opportunity to study human cadavers would not be possible; hence as a student group you are indeed privileged to be able to access such material for your studies of Human Biology.

    All students enrolled in Human Biology IA are therefore strongly encouraged to attend the Memorial Service as a mark of respect for those individuals who have contributed to the opportunities available for the study of human biology. It is sobering to reflect that, unlike many other disciplines in which research materials can be readily purchased or collected, the study of human biology is dependent on the good will of the donors.

    The date, time and venue of the Memorial and Dedication Service will be posted on MyUni.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Whilst no offical SGDE will be offered in Human Biology IA, there will be numerous opportinities throughout the semester to work in groups with other students.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    RSD Task 1:
    Source Credibility & Harvard Referencing
    Summative 5% 6, 7, 8
    RSD Task 2:
    How NOT To Write A Scientofic Report
    Summative 5% 7, 8
    RSD Task 3:
    How To Write A Scientofic Report
    Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
    Test 1:
    Modules 1 & 2
    Summative 7.5%  1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    Test 2:
    Modules 3 & 4
    Summative 7.5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    End-Of-Module Quizzes (x5) Summative 4% each
    = 20%
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
    Final Exam Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Minimum Requirements to Receive a Pass Grade
    To achieve a pass grade, students must:
    Attend at least 80% of all scheduled laboratory sessions and 80% of all tutorials.  Failure to do so may result in preclusion from sitting the examination. Students precluded from the examination will be deemed to have failed the course and must repeat all course components.
    Obtain an aggregate grade of at least 40% for the final examination paper.
    Obtain an aggregate pass grade (overall minimum of at least 50%) for the RSD assessment tasks.

    Failure to meet these minimum course requirements may result in a Fail (F) grade. Replacement examinations may be offered to students with examination grades of <40% if the course coordinator considers that the student has a realistic chance of achieving an overall pass grade for the course.

    Attendance at Scheduled Classes
    Records of attendance are kept for all practical sessions and tutorials, and students who do not attend at least 80% of each of these class types without good cause may be precluded from sitting the final examination*. Students are requested to notify the course coordinator Associate Professor Mario Ricci by email ( of any absences from practical and/or tutorial sessions. Submission of a medical certificate is required in support of absences due to illness, and documentation from an independent person (e.g. counsellor, EWO) must support cases of absence on compassionate grounds. Copies of all medical certificates and other supporting documentation can be emailed to Associate Professor Mario Ricci or lodged in the Human Biology mailbox located immediately opposite the lifts, level 1, Medical School North building. Please attach a completed supporting 'Student Absence' coversheet (which is available from the Course Documents folder on MyUni) to your supporting documents.

    While it is recognised that many students are engaged in paid part-time employment to fund their studies, such work commitments are NOT an acceptable reason for non-attendance at laboratory sessions, tutorials and examinations.

    * Any student precluded from sitting the final examination for the course will be deemed not to have met the minimum requirements and a Fail grade for the course will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript. Students obtaining this grade are required to repeat the entire course at any subsequent attempt.

    Participation and Conduct in Tutorials and Laboratory Sessions
    It is expected that all students will actively participate in discussions and complete the tasks incorporated into the notes accompanying practical and tutorial sessions. Since all tutorial and practical content is examinable, those students who prepare for and actively participate in sessions are more likely to achieve higher grades in the online assessments and final examination. Sample answers for all laboratory and tutorial handouts will be available on MyUni.

    Assessment Detail
    What Assessment Methods and Why?
    Surveys undertaken in previous years indicate that students enrolling in the BHlthSc program, and more recently the B Psychology(Hons) and BPsychSc, come from a range of social and educational backgrounds, choose to study Human Biology for a variety of reasons (other than that it is a compulsory requirement of the Health Sciences Program!), and have different expectations of what they will achieve by undertaking the courses.  The assessment practices for Human Biology IA (and IB in semester 2) recognise this diversity of interest and background and acknowledge that not every student will have all of the skills required to immediately cope with university level courses dealing with what might be unfamiliar subject material. Hence a variety of assessment formats and activities aimed at equipping students with necessary skills, as well as building and consolidating a knowledge base, are used. These include research skill development (RSD) tasks, laboratory and tutorial activities conducted throughout the semesters, tests (x2) and a final end-of-semester examination.

    Referencing and Assessment Tasks
    Consistent and accurate referencing of sources used in the preparation of assessment tasks and other written work is an area that many students find difficult, but which is extremely important in academic writing. There are many different referencing systems or styles and the one you will be asked to use may vary from course to course.

    For Human Biology IA the system of referencing that you will use is the Harvard (author/date) system. This system uses:

    ·   Bracketed references to the author(s) and year of publication in the body of the text, AND
    ·   A reference list organised in alphabetical order (according to the first listed author of each source) at the end of the piece of writing.

    Harvard referencing will form the basis of RSD Task 1.

    Tips and Warning Related to Plagiarism
    All students are strongly encouraged to discuss course materials and assessment tasks with their peers. Often new ideas and perspectives can be gained through listening to, and sharing in, the experiences of others. The formation of small study groups is a good way to share information and ideas and to learn from others.

    It is essential, however, that all work presented for assessment by a student is his or her own work, unless permission has been obtained from the course coordinators or examiner to present material as a joint or group effort. Always write assignments independently, use your own words and acknowledge the contributions of others. Representing the words or ideas of others as your own, or failing to duly acknowledge the sources of your information, is known as plagiarism, and in essence amounts to academic theft or fraud. Other forms of plagiarism include submitting the same piece of work for assessment in two different courses, submitting another student’s work as your own, and the presentation of fabricated or falsified data or results of laboratory, field or other work as genuine.

    Plagiarism is considered an extremely serious matter by the University of Adelaide and may result in failure of an assessment task, or even suspension from the University. In Human Biology IA, we will spend time in teaching sessions early in the course dealing with issues relating to plagiarism. Often, students are “caught out” through their ignorance of acceptable practice, rather than as a result of a blatant attempt to cheat. Examples of unacceptable practices (detected in previous years of the Human Biology course), which you might not realise are forms of plagiarism, include copying answers to tutorial or laboratory exercises directly from text books or from the internet (with or without acknowledging the source of the information), or submitting the same material (sometimes even including the same grammatical and spelling mistakes!) as a number of other individuals in the class. Such behaviours are not consistent with the aims and objectives of the Human Biology courses.

    Useful guidelines on how to avoid plagiarism, plus other study strategies are available from the Writing Centre website at

    Whilst we aim to educate you about how to avoid plagiarism, cases of suspected plagiarism will be addressed in accordance with the University’s Plagiarism Policy available at This policy defines and outlines the University’s prohibition of plagiarism and summarises the ways in which the University prevents, detects and penalises plagiarism.

    In Human Biology IA, you will be required to submit your major RSD Task 3 assignment electronically online via Turnitin. Turnitin is an online service that checks your report for plagiarism (i.e. copying from sources and other students). Students found guilty of plagiarism may receive a grade of zero (0) for their report, and could be further penalized as detailed in the University’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information on Turnitin will be posted on MyUni.

    RSD Task 1: Source Credibility and Harvard Referencing
    Full details of this assessment task are available on MyUni
    Through completion of RSD Task 1, each student will have the opportunity to develop and refine research skills related to:
    Develop and/or refine skills in critical appraisal of literature and information sources for their relevance, credibility and validity.
    Develop skills in retrieving appropriate data using search engines, catalogues and scientific databases.
    Develop and refine research skills related to correct use of the Harvard (author-date) referencing style. Good academic practice in citation and referencing will help you to avoid risking plagiarism.
    Resources and Requirements for Task:
    In order to complete this assessment task, each student will need to access the following files from the Human Biology IA Assignments folder on MyUni:
    RSD Task 1: Source Credibility and Harvard Referencing task instruction sheet.
    Guidelines explaining the how to find credible sources, and Harvard referencing. Links to several online resources will be provided on MyUni, but each student is expected to view the University’s Harvard Referencing Guide: of Task:
    Each student will be asked to read guides on how to find credible sources of information, and how to references sources correctly using the Harvard style of referencing. Students must then complete an online RSD Task 1: Source Credibility and Harvard Referencing Quiz to test how much they have learnt about such these topics.

    RSD Task 2: How NOT to Write a Scientific Report
    Full details of this assessment task and marking criteria are available via MyUni.
    Through completion of RSD Task 2, each student will have the opportunity to develop and refine research skills related to:
    The correct format and layout of a scientific report.
    Critical appraisal of a scientific piece of writing, by critically reviewing examples of acceptable and unacceptable first year Human Biology assignments.
    Resources and Requirements for Task:
    In order to complete this assessment task, each student will need to access the following files from the Human Biology IA Assignments folder on MyUni:
    (1) RSD Task 2: How NOT to Write a Scientific Report Task Instruction sheet.
    Report 1: Lactose Intolerance.
    Report 2: Osteoporosis.
    Summary of Task:
    Each student will be asked to first read Report 1: Lactose Intolerance, which is an example of an acceptable first year student report. The report includes staff annotations explaining why this it is a good report. Students must then read the Report 2: Osteoporosis, which is an example of an unacceptable student report. Each student must determine why this report is unacceptable by looking for errors and deficiencies in the report. Each student must then complete an online RSD Task 2: How NOT to Write a Scientific Report Quiz to demonstrate what he or she has learned.

    RSD Task 3: How TO Write a Scientific Report
    Full details of this assessment task, including the marking criteria rubric, are available on MyUni.
    Through completion of RSD Task 3: How TO Write a Scientific Report, each student will have the opportunity to develop and refine research skills in the retrieval and evaluation of scientific information on a specified topic and further develop the research skills introduced in RSD Tasks 1 & 2. In particular, this task will enable students to:
    Develop skills in retrieving appropriate data using search engines, catalogues and scientific databases.
    Develop and/or refine skills in critical appraisal of literature and information sources for their relevance, credibility and validity.
    Analyse and synthesise data and ideas from the literature to produce a short report on a specific aspect of a more general topic that is presented in a logical and organised manner.
    Develop and/or refine skills in the appropriate acknowledgement of data sources and ideas attributable to other individuals.
    Construct a reference list that accurately documents the sources of all data and ideas cited within the short scientific report produced.
    Become familiar with and accurately apply the Harvard (author-date) style of reference citation.
    In order to successfully complete RSD Task 3: How TO Write a Scientific Report each student must first select an appropriate research topic around which to base his/her search for scientific literature.
    Summary of Task:
    Each student must select an appropriate, focussed research topic related to content covered in Human Biology IA. Students will search for information on their assigned topic using a variety of methods including catalogues, search engines and databases. At least seven sources of designated types must be selected (3 online + 3 journal articles + 1 specialised text) and the information within them used to prepare a short scientific report (no more than 4-5 A4-sized pages, 1.5 line spaced, 12 point Arial font) addressing the specific topic selected. All information sources will be appropriately acknowledged within the text of the report, and full bibliographic details recorded in an appended reference list. The Harvard (author-date) referencing style will be used.

    End of Module Quizzes
    Each student must complete six (6) End-Of-Module Online Quizzes. These quizzes (which consist of a variety of questions including multiple choice, true/false, short answer etc.) are aimed at focusing students on key concepts and developing and consolidating knowledge related to these concepts. They also provide opportunities for feedback on your progress and level of understanding, with a view to remediating misconceptions. More information on these quizzes will be posted on MyUni.

    Tests (x2)
    Two multiople-choice question tests have been scheduled during the semester. The first test covers lecture, tutorial and lab content discussed in Modules 1 & 2 (cells and tissues), and the second test covers lecture, tutorial and lab content doicussed in Modules 2 & 4 (bone, joints, muscle and nervous system). More information on the format of these tests will be posted on MyUni.

    Examination Paper
    The end of semester examination is held in the Official University Examination period. The precise date of the Human Biology IA exam will be made available to students on the Examinations website: The paper is of 2.5 hours duration, but most students should be able to complete it in 2 hours; the additional time is provided to enable planning and review of answers. Copies of previous examination papers are available on MyUni. Note that a range of question styles may be used within the examination paper, which require students to provide information, apply information in defined settings, and/or integrate knowledge derived from a variety of sources in the formulation of an answer.

    All aspects of the course are examinable, including materials presented in lectures, tutorial and practical sessions. The course objectives should be used as a guide for preparation for the examination, and opportunities to discuss potential examination questions and responses will be provided throughout the semester in tutorial and practical sessions.

    Position on Exemptions from Assessment Components for Repeating Students
    Students who have previously failed Human Biology IA, and who are enrolled in the course for a second or subsequent time, are required to repeat all assessment tasks and must meet the minimum course requirements in order to receive a pass grade. Exemptions from assessment tasks on account of their successful completion in a previous attempt of a course will not usually be given.

    Detailed instructions on submission of all assessment tasks will be provided in the task instruction sheet for each task. All RSD tasks must be submitted electronically via MyUni, i.e. there is no paper submission of assignments and quizzes.
    It is anticipated that marked assessment tasks will be returned to students within 3-4 weeks of the submission due date. Feedback may be provided via one or more of the following methods: the marking rubric, limited written comments on the task and/or on the rubric, an oral summary of the class strengths and weaknesses in completion of the task, and a written class summary sheet made available to students via MyUni.

    Position on the Granting of Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    All students have a right to request an extension in situations where they are unable to complete a piece of work by the prescribed deadline due to compassionate or medical reasons, and consequently would be unreasonably disadvantaged. The types of personal or extenuating circumstances usually considered on compassionate grounds include the death of a close relative or friend, incidents of violence or abuse, indications of significant psychological difficulties or conditions, or major changes in personal circumstances largely beyond the direct control of the student. Extensions of deadlines for compassionate or medical reasons are granted in cases where the severity of impairment justifies the granting of supplementary assessment, and provided that the student provides valid supporting documentation. Where a student requests an extension for other than compassionate or medical reasons, or in situations where the student does not have supporting evidence, the decision to grant an extension is discretionary and rests with the course coordinator. In such cases, the duration of any extension, if granted, will normally be 24 hours. Note that extensions will NOT be approved on the grounds of poor prioritising of time or because of paid work commitments as timelines for all assessment tasks are provided to students at the commencement of the course, and effort is made to stagger deadlines between common courses wherever possible.

    Students seeking an extension for an assessment task in Human Biology IA must follow the following procedure:
    (1) Application for an extension must be made by the last working day before the submission date of the assessment task concerned. [The deadline for extension requests will normally be a Friday, as most tasks are due on a Monday.] Failure to apply for an extension within the allowable timeframe will result in the application not being considered, and penalties for late submission will apply.\

    (2) All applications for extensions must be in writing (email is acceptable) and addressed to the course coordinator Associate Professor Mario Ricci. Students are encouraged to discuss their options for completion of the task with the coordinator, and are required to PROVIDE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE EXTENSION REQUESTED. Examples of supporting documents that are acceptable include: a medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report for incidences of computer theft etc., a letter from a University Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO), or Disability Liaison Officer, that provides an assessment of compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student. Extensions of more than 1 week will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.

    (3) An email of confirmation of the new deadline from the course coordinator, and documentation in support of the extension (if not provided to the course coordinator at the time of application for the extension) must be attached to the back of the assessment task when it is submitted. Lodgment of the task and all supporting documentation must occur by the negotiated deadline.

    (4) Students who do not formally apply for an extension or who have not discussed their options for completion of the task with the course coordinators will not automatically be granted an extension, irrespective of the reasons for late submission, and penalties will apply.

    Please note that all information and supporting documentation provided by students in applications for an extension of time for an assessment task or assignment will be treated in the strictest confidence and stored appropriately.

    Penalties for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines (as notified in this handbook and on MyUni) and a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks will apply for Human Biology IA. All submitted work, including that handed in late will be marked “without prejudice” (i.e. on its merits) but in the case of late assessment tasks, marks will then be deducted from the original mark awarded.

    Coursework received after the deadline will be penalised as follows:
    of total available points will be penalised per day (24 hour period or fraction thereof). An automatic zero mark will be applied after 7 days. For example, an assignment submitted any time after the deadline up to 24 hours late will be penalized 5%, i.e. a 75% grade would become 70%, and a 55% grade would become 50%.
    Also, any assessment task that is not lodged as per instructions in the RSD Task instruction handout (for example an assignment that is submitted on paper rather than electronically) will NOT be marked and may receive a grade of zero (0). It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that tasks are lodged as per instructions.

    RSD Task 3 Resubmission Policy
    A resubmission policy has been developed for RSD Task 3 only.
    This can be found on MyUni in the Assignments folder.

    Formerly known as supplementary exams, R/AA are examinations that provide an additional opportunity to students whose academic performance was impaired by circumstances outside of their control in the primary examinations, or whose performance marginally failed to meet minimum course requirements.
    Students are able to apply for Replacement (R) Examinations on medical or compassionate grounds, or due to extenuating circumstances. The results of R/AA offered on medical and/or compassionate grounds are classified using the normal grading system. However, if you completed the primary exam, and then have a R/AA, your existing mark for the primary exam will be replaced by the mark from the R/AA, regardless of whether the latter is higher or lower.
    Additional Assessment (AA) examination may be offered to a student if their final result is in the range of 45-49, or if they have an aggregate result of >50 but have not achieved the minimum acceptable mark for the primary examination and have a realistic chance of meeting the minimum achievement level required in the examination. The results of the R/AA on academic grounds will not be graded above the level of 50 Pass. Where a R/AA on academic grounds produces an overall result that differs from the primary result, the better of the two results will apply.
    Information Sheets and Application Forms for Replacement Examination are available from the Examination’s website at: note that the granting of R/AA is discretionary. In some cases R/AA may be of a different format to the primary examination, e.g. an oral examination, rather than a written paper.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as CEQ surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at least once every 2 years. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data can be found at:

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    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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