ANAT SC 1103 - Human Biology IB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ANAT SC 1103 Course Human Biology IB Coordinating Unit Anatomy and Pathology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge ANAT SC 1102 Course Description 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. In Human Biology 1B, coverage of organ systems completes investigation of the structure and function of the human body. The course focus then shifts to factors that influence and shape human populations and the human species. Topics are organised into 5 modules: Scientific Reasoning and Methods, Body Fluids and Transport, Environmental Exchange, Human Evolution and Ecology, and Infection and Immunity. The Course does not assume prior knowledge of year 12 biology or chemistry.
Course Coordinator: Professor Mario Ricci
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
· The macroscopic and microscopic structure of the human body.
· The interrelationship between structure and function and that alteration to structure affects function.
· The basic principles underlying immunology and diseased states and how these influence health and disease within the human body and human populations.
· Human ecology, evolutionary processes and the origins of modern humans.
2 Demonstrate respect for the human body and diversity observed within the human species, and for the points of view of others, whatever their age, gender, abilities, social circumstances or cultural background. 3 Critically evaluate and integrate biological information and data derived from a variety of sources to produce scientifically valid reports, posters and communications. 4 Display scientific curiosity and appreciate the value of asking questions in science. 5 Display independent learning and basic problem solving skills. 6 Work cooperatively in tutorials and practical sessions to gain deeper understanding and effectively participate as a team member in group-based activities. 7 Identify and apply the key features of scientific method in evaluating research strategies and experimental design. 8 Appropriately use medical and scientific terminology in oral and written communication. 9 Apply knowledge of the human body in the interpretation of common health-related scenarios encountered in day-to-day living. 10 Describe, comprehend, synthesise, apply, analyse and/or evaluate course related scientific literature and experimental data.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 6, 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4-5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
Required ResourcesMartini FH, Ober WC and Nath JL (2014) Visual Anatomy and Physiology. (New International Edition) Pearson, Harlow.
Recommended ResourcesIn addition to the textbook, a text on scientific writing and referencing skills is recommended to assist with the required format of assessment tasks and assignments. Several examples of useful writing skills book are:
Faigley L 2011 The Little Penguin Handbook (Australasian Edition) Longman, New York
Summers J and Smith B 2010 Communication Skills Handbook 3rd Ed. Wiley, Brisbane
Links to study guides and resources on referencing are provided on MyUni at https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Online LearningAll notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni at https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesHuman Biology IB utilises a range of teaching and learning modes in recognition of the diversity of learning styles exhibited by the student population. Lectures and pre-lecture activities identify the concepts on which human biology is based and provide basic factual information and examples illustrating these concepts. The lectures are supported by online quizzes, and interactive tutorials that are designed to clarify understanding of concepts and apply them to new scenarios, often within a problem-solving context. Practical 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. They also enable all students to acquire a more holistic perspective of the interactions between three-dimensional body form and functions at various hierarchical levels. In addition to the online summative quizzes, assessment throughout the semester includes tutorial and practical class extension tasks and a Group-based Discovery Project that fosters development of interpersonal communication and research skills within a range of biomedical contexts relevant to the wellbeing of humans. Skills assessment utilises the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework (Willison and O’Regan 2007) available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Table 1 provides a summary of course components and activities and the expected minimum time commitment per activity by an average student to meet the course requirements. Please note that the total time commitment equates to about 12 hours per teaching week of semester (including swot week).
Table 1: Workload for Human Biology IB (3 units) - total 156 hours
WORKLOAD COMPONENT TOTAL HOURS Face-to-Face Classes 59 hours Lectures
Discovery Project Meetings
36 x 1 hr classes
12 x 1 hr classes
8 x 1 hr classes
3 x 1 hr classes
Formative Online Activities 13 hours Online Tutorial (week 1)
Formative Quizzes and Online Test Activities
Pre and Post-class Activities
3 hours across course
45 minutes per week x 12 weeks
Summative Assessment Tasks – as described in Assessment Section 58 hours Online Assessment Tasks
Practical and Tutorial Extension Tasks
Group-based Discovery Project
Practical & Tutorial In-Class Assessment
4 x summative quizzes (1 hr/task)
Analysis and interpretation of class-generated data set (15 hours) + specimen interpretation (5 hours)
Literature based research, preparation of wiki page and poster, group management journal, - 3½ hours/week x 9 weeks (includes mid-semester break)
Completed in face-to-face sessions or as part of expected class preparation
1 exam scheduled in official exam period
Personal Study 26 hours Class preparation and/or revision 2 hours per week including SWOT week 26 hours Total 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryCourse materials are divided into 5 modules; What is Science, Circulation and Transport, Human Evolution and Ecology, Environmental Exchange, and Infection and Immunity. Each module includes lecture, practical and tutorial activities.
Introduction to Human Biology
What is Science? An Introduction to Thinking About Science
What is Science? Science Research Skills
Doing Science 1: "The Disappearing Frogs of Frogtown" Part 1
Skills Development 1: Search Strategies and Referencing
Tutorial 1 (Online Activity)
What is Science? – Science in Practice
Circulation and Transport 1: Blood & Lymph
Circulation and Transport 2: Blood & Lymph Vessels
Doing Science 2: "The Disappearing Frogs of Frogtown" Part 2
Skills Development 2: Working Effectively with Others – Group Learning Strategies
Circulation & Transport 3: The Heart
Circulation & Transport 4: Cardiac Cycle & Cardiac Output
Circulation & Transport 5: Blood Pressure & Flow
Circulation & Transport: The Heart & Vascular Circuits
Circulation & Transport: Blood Composition & Flow
Circulation & Transport 6: Cardiovascular Adaptations with Age & Exercise
Human Evolution & Ecology 1: Human’s Place in Nature
Human Evolution & Ecology 2: The Earliest Humans
Circulation & Transport: Haemodynamics in Action
Extension Research topic
Discovery Project Meeting 1
Human Evolution & Ecology 3: The First People Like Us
Human Evolution & Ecology 4: After the End of the Ice Age
Human Evolution & Ecology 5: Human Population Ecology
Human Evolution & Ecology: Measuring Human Variability (Group 1) or Primate Characteristics (Group 2)
Circulation & Transport: Heart Structure and Function
Human Evolution & Ecology 6: Autecology & Synecology
Human Evolution & Ecology 7: The Ageing Human
Environmental Exchange 1: Respiratory System Anatomy
Human Evolution & Ecology: Measuring Human Variability (Group 2) or Primate Characteristics (Group 1)
Human Evolution & Ecology: Evolutionary Trends in Hominin Skeletal Characteristics
Environmental Exchange 2: Mechanics of Ventilation
Environmental Exchange 3: Air Modification, Alveoli & Gas Exchange
Environmental Exchange 4: Pharmacological Management of Respiratory Disease
Environmental Exchange: Anatomy of Airways & Lungs
Extension Research topic
Discovery Project Meeting 2
Environmental Exchange 5: General Gastrointestinal Tract Structure & Regional Specialisation
Environmental Exchange 6: Digestion and Absorption
Environmental Exchange 7: Roles of Pancreas and Liver in Digestive Function
Environmental Exchange: Microstructure & Physiology of Exchange Sites
Environmental Exchange: Ventilation & Respiration
Environmental Exchange 8: Nutrition, Energy Balance & Metabolism
Environmental Exchange 9: Organisation & Anatomy of the Urinary System
Environmental Exchange 10: Urine Formation & Excretion
Environmental Exchange: Anatomy of the GIT & Urinary System
Environmental Exchange: Digestion & Absorption
Environmental Exchange 10: Fluid, Electrolyte & Acid-Base Balance
Infection & Immunity 1: Impact of Infectious Disease
Infection & Immunity 2: Basics of the Immune System I
Environmental Exchange: Physiology of Digestion & Nutrition
Extension Research topic
Discovery Project Meeting 3
Infection & Immunity 3: Basics of the Immune System II
Infection & Immunity 4: Basics of the Immune System III
Infection & Immunity 5: Viruses & Virus Infections
Infection and Immunity: Bacterial Culture, Microflora of Skin & Pharynx, Phagocytosis
Environmental Exchange: Glomerular Filtration, Reabsorption & Secretion
Immunity 6: Bacterial Pathogens I
Infection & Immunity 7: Bacterial Pathogens II
Putting it All Together: Options after Human Biology
Infection and Immunity: Identification of Bacteria
Skills Development 3: Tips & Techniques & Sample Questions for Exam Success
Optional Question and Answer & Exam Checklist Session
Specific Course Requirements
All students must wear their student identification card to practical classes held in the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory, where access is restricted to eligible student groups only and entry is strictly policed.
Students must also wear a laboratory coat or some other form of protective clothing, and fully enclosed shoes to practical classes in the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory and to classes in the Braggs Wet Laboratory. Because of Occupational Health and Safety requirements, students not complying with this policy will not be admitted to classes held in these locations and will be recorded as being absent from the session. NO LAB COAT = NO ENTRY - NO EXCUSES!
Note: Provision of protective clothing is the responsibility of the student. [Laboratory/dust coats are available for purchase from the major department stores and textbook suppliers.]
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Group-based Discovery Project in Human Biology IB provides an opportunity for small groups of students to work collaboratively under the guidance of an experienced academic to gain a deeper insight into an area of human biology and at the same time develop interpersonal communication and research skills. Ability to effectively collaborate/work with a diverse range of other people in a professional manner is an essential attribute for any person seeking a career in the wider health sector. Groups are allocated according to tutorial class, and each student is required to actively participate in the management and completion of a literature-based research task assigned to their group. Students will use a wiki to produce a “Wikipedia “ style information page on their topic, and communicate the key points or scientific message eminating from their research in an A3-sized poster.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
Online Formative Quizzes 1 & 2
11.30pm Friday Week 2
11.30pm Friday Week 4
Online Summative Quizzes 1-4
11.30pm Friday Week 3
11.30pm Friday Week 6
11.30pm Friday Week 9
11.30pm Friday Week 12
1. Selected Tutorial Questions, Modules 2 & 4
2. Infection & Immunity Practical Tasks
At tutorial sessions in Weeks 3, 5, 8, 9 & 11 (best 4 will count to assessment)
At the end of practicals, Weeks 11 & 12
1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Class Extension Task
Tutorial Extension Task
Practical Extension Task
Summative (redemption available)
11.30pm Friday Week 7
11.30pm Friday Week 8
1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
Group Discovery Project
Progress checkpoints at Group Meetings 1-3
Wiki & Poster + Evaluation
Weeks 4, 7 & 10
11.30pm Monday Week 11
11.30pm monday Week 12
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
In Official Examination Period
1, 5, 8, 9, 10
Assessment Related RequirementsTo achieve a pass grade for the course, students must:
· Attend at least 80% of all scheduled practical sessions (i.e. 10/12 sessions) and 80% of all tutorials (i.e. 6 /7 face-to-face tute sessions). Failure to do so without valid documentation justifying the absence 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. [Note that non-attendance at scheduled practical and tutorial classes will impact on your ability to successfully complete the assessed in-class activities and class extension tasks, which contribute a combined aggregate of 20% towards the total course grade.]
· Obtain a minimum aggregate grade of at least 40% for the final examination. [The final examination is weighted at 40% of the total course grade.]
· Actively participate in the Group-based Discovery Project. [A mark for the Group-based Discovery Project, will only be awarded if you have contributed to checkpoint activities and submitted the compulsory Confidential Evaluation and Questionnaire at the completion of the project. It is unlikely that a student will achieve a pass grade without inclusion of a Group-based Discovery Project mark.
Online Summative Quizzes
All students are required to complete by the submission deadlines, 4 Online Summative Quizzes. These quizzes include a variety of question formats including short answer, multiple choice, multiple answer, ordering, true/false, matching and fill in the blank. They aim to focus students on key concepts, examine foundation knowledge, consolidate and expand knowledge related to concepts, and test comprehension and application. They also provide opportunities for feedback on progress and level of understanding, with a view to remediating misconceptions.
Extensions are not granted for online quizzes and late submission/non-submission will attract a zero score towards the course grade. Summative quizzes are not redeemable. [Optional formative quizzes with feedback are available on MyUni to test understanding prior to the summative quiz and for revision purposes.]
In-class Assessment Activities
These assessments are part of the regular preparation and activities scheduled in tutorial and practical classes.
For each of the tutorial classes in weeks 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11 (Fluids and Transport, and Environmental Exchange modules), students will be required to submit for assessment by their tutor, a response to a tutorial question or exercise. The best 4 responses will contribute to summative course assessment.
In association with the practical classes (Infection and Immunity module) in weeks 11 and 12 of semester students will be required to complete pre-practical research questions and practical activities during the practical classes. This assessment component is based on conduct of procedures and interpretation of data generated with the practical classes. It cannot be completed without attendance at both practical sessions, and there is no opportunity for replacement assessment. All absences from these practical sessions, unless on medical or compassionate grounds and supported by appropriate documentation, will result in a zero mark for this assessment component.
Class Extension Tasks
Class extension tasks are based around the What is Science, and Human Ecology and Evolution modules. The tasks require an understanding of scientific process and method, and well-developed skills in observation, critical analysis and higher order thinking.
The tutorial extension task builds on the identification and analysis of hominin skull characteristics presented in Tutorial 5.
The practical extension task utilises a class data set generated in Practical 5 (weeks 5 and 6). Students are required to investigate the factors that contribute to human variability, and discuss how variability is influenced by data collection methods and protocols.
Group Discovery Project
Full details of this assessment task, including the assessment criteria and marking rubric, are available on MyUni.
Under the mentorship of an academic, students work in groups to complete a literature-based investigation of topic in biology where there are differing interpretations or viewpoints, or that is open to debate. Each group is required to undertake a search to discover how their topic has been portrayed in the popular press (e.g. newspapers, magazines, online), social media and on websites. Groups must then research the science around the controversial elements of their topic, and present a case for a particular stance, which must be appropriately referenced and supported by scientific evidence (from the peer-reviewed literature). The stance will be presented as a wiki page in MyUni, with the key message/s also communicated more visually in an A3-sized poster.
End of Semester Examination
The end of semester examination is held in the Official University Semester 2 Examination period. The precise date of the examination is made available in late September on the Examinations website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/
The examination 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 or from the Barr Smith library. Note that a range of question styles is used within the examination paper, including quiz format (multiple choice, true/false, matching etc), short answer, extended answer (essay style) and scenario-based questions. The various styles require that students provide information, apply information in defined settings, and/or integrate knowledge derived from a range of sources in the formulation of an answer.
SubmissionSubmission of Assessment Items
Detailed instructions on how to submit assessment items, e.g. class extension task, group discovery project are provided in the instruction sheet for the task. In most cases, electronic lodgement via MyUni will be used, or students will complete task components in MyUni using online tools.
It is anticipated that marked assessment tasks and feedback will be returned to students within 4 weeks of the submission due date. Feedback will 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 (voice recording on MyUni or face-to-face in classes)
· A written class summary sheet made available to students via MyUni
· Automated feedback in MyUni, generated according to the student response submitted.
Position on the Granting of Extensions for Non-Examination Assessment Tasks
All students have a right to request an extension in situations where, due to compassionate or medical reasons, or extenuating circumstances, they are unable to complete a piece of work by the prescribed deadline and consequently would be unreasonably disadvantaged. Compassionate reasons that may be considered 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. Extenuating circumstances relate to a timing conflict between an obligation and the assessment requirements of the course, and are limited to a small number of situations including formal legal commitments, religious obligations, military service, or service with a recognized emergency management agency. [Other acceptable situations are listed in the Extenuating Circumstances Information Sheet.]
Prior to applying for an extension, students are advised to read the appropriate Information Sheet, available from the Examinations website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html All applications for an extension must use the appropriate Application Form and be accompanied by a Professional Report (medical and compassionate applications) or appropriate supporting documentation (applications on extenuating circumstances).
Where a student requests an extension for reasons other than those listed above, a written application outlining circumstances must be forwarded to the course coordinator. In these cases 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 after consultation with the School of Medical Sciences Assessment Committee. In such cases, the duration of any extension, if one is granted, will normally be overnight. Note that extensions will NOT be approved on the grounds of poor prioritising of time 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.
Procedure for Applying for an Extension:
1. Download and complete the appropriate application form, or present a written case for consideration.
2. Lodge with the Course Coordinator. Applications for an extension should be lodged not later than the last working day before the submission date of the assessment task concerned. Failure to apply for an extension within the allowable timeframe may result in the application being rejected, and penalties for late submission will apply.
3. 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.
4. The outcome of an application and where successful, the confirmation of the new submission deadline will be communicated via an email from the course coordinator.
5. 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 the Course Handbook and on MyUni) or a penalty for late submission will apply. All submitted work, including that handed in late will be marked “without prejudice” (i.e. on its merits) but in the case of late submission penalties will then be applied, and marks will be deducted from the original mark awarded. Penalties will be applied at the rate of 5 percentage points of the total mark possible for the task per day or part thereof (i.e. 5% per day). An examiner may elect not to mark any assessment task that is more than 7 days late. Tasks more than 2 weeks late or that are received after feedback has been provided to the rest of the class will attract a mark of zero. In such situations, a student may still be eligible to pass Human Biology IB provided that the submission is of an acceptable standard and the student has attained an aggregate mark of >50% for other assessment components in the course.
An assessment task that is not lodged as per instructions in the instruction sheet for the task will incur marking penalties if not received by the submission deadline. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that tasks are correctly lodged. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee that assessment tasks submitted after the due date will be graded in time to be returned on the listed return date. Hence, you may miss out on valuable feedback for subsequent assessment tasks.
Replacement/Additional Assessment (R/AA) Exams
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 examination, or whose performance marginally failed to meet minimum course requirements.
Students are able to apply for replacement (R) examination on medical or compassionate grounds, or due to extenuating circumstances. The results of replacement assessment 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 replacement examination, 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 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html
Please 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. viva voce examination rather than a written paper.
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.
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