ANAT SC 1103 - Human Biology IB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ANAT SC 1103 Course Human Biology IB Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences 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. In Human Biology IB, coverage of organ systems completes investigation of the structure and function of the human body presented in Human Biology IA. Human Biology IB specifically investigates the relationships between organisms and functional systems of human cells, tissues and organs, along with mechanisms that maintain homeostasis within an individual. The course materials are organised into modules focused on the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive and Urinary Systems, Infection and Immunity, and Origins of Humans. . The Course does not assume prior knowledge of year 12 biology or chemistry.
Course Coordinator: Dr Danijela MenicaninCourse Coordinator: Dr Danijela Menicanin
Phone: +61 8 8313 4532
Location: Room 18, Level 1, Medical School North
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Mario Ricci
Phone: +61 8 8313 6294
Location: Room 17, Level 1, Medical School North
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesHuman Biology IB will provide students with an opportunity to develop the 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
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
7, 8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4, 5, 7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5, 7, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
6, 7, 8
Required ResourcesMartini FH, Ober WC and Nath JL (2015) Visual Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd edition, Pearson, Harlow.
Recommended ResourcesIn addition to the recommended textbook, you may want to access resources on scientific writing and referencing skills from the University's Writing Centre as these will come in handy for the major RSD assignment.
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 Modes
Human 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.Lectures: 36 x 1 hour = 36 hours
Laboratories: 7 x 1 hour = 7 hours
Tutorials: 8 x 1 hour = 8 hours
Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
End-Of-Module Quizzes: 4 x 2 hours = 8 hours
Preparation for Laboratory and Tutorial Sessions: 1 hour per session = 22 hours
Research Skill Development (RSD) Task = 24 hours
Tests: 2 x 1 hour + 4 hours preparation per test = 10 hours
General study = 35 hours
TOTAL = 152 hours
Learning Activities SummaryCourse materials are divided into 6 modules:
Module 1: Cardiovascular System
Module 2: Respiratory System
Module 3: Digestive System and Metabolism
Module 4: Urinary System
Module 5: Infection and Immunity
Module 6: Origins of Humans
Detailed information on lecture, laboratory and tutorial content can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
Specific Course RequirementsHuman Biology IB laboratory sessions are held in the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory.
To access this facility, you must wear (1) a laboratory coat, (2) closed-in shoes, and (3) your student identification card on your lab coat. You will not be permitted entry into this facility without these items. Please also bring a hardcopy of the laboratory handout and a pen/pencil as no electronic devices (phones, tablets, laptops) are allowed in this facility.
Note: you will need to purchase your own lab coat.
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.
Assessment SummaryAssessment in Human Biology IB consists of:
1. End-Of-Module Quizzes (x 4 @ 4% each) = 16%
2. Tests (x 2 @ 7.5% each) = 15%
3. RSD Video and Oral Presentation Task = 24%
4. Infection and Immunity Laboratory Task = 5%
5. Examination = 40%
TOTAL = 100%
Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
Assessment Related RequirementsTo achieve a pass grade for the course, students must:
1. Attend at least 80% of all scheduled laboratory sessions and 80% of all tutorials. Failure to do so without valid documentation justifying the absence may result in preclusion from sitting the examination.
2. 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.]
3. Actively contribute to the major RSD assignment. [It is unlikely that a student will achieve a pass grade for the course if they haven't completed this assignment as it is worth 24% of the final grade].
Detailed information on assessment tasks can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
SubmissionDetailed information about submission of assessment tasks can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
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.
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