BIOLOGY 1201 - Biology I: Human Perspectives
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1201 Course Biology I: Human Perspectives Coordinating Unit School of Biological 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 BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1001 Course Description This course takes molecular, cellular, whole body, population and evolutionary approaches to understanding biology as it pertains to human function and the interactions of the body with the environment. In many cases, our understanding of human function is best derived from studies of mammalian and non-mammalian organisms, and such models will be discussed. The themes that will be covered include: the organisation of the body, evolution, regulation of gene expression, communication and control systems in the body; developmental biology and defence systems. Students in this course come from a very broad range of programs and academic backgrounds. Learning is supported by online resources, active-learning lectures, regular quizzes, workshops to practice application of knowledge, and laboratory practicals. The biomedical focus of this course is complemented by different aspects of biology in Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells, and Biology I: Organisms. Biology spans an incredibly wide range of themes. Suitable preparation for studying Level II courses in biology-based disciplines generally requires two semesters of Level 1 BIOLOGY.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Coulson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student should be able to:
1 display understanding: • of the interplay between molecules, cells and tissues with respect to humans • of the role of model organisms in understanding human biology and disease • of the interaction between the host immune system and microscopic pathogens • of the observational and experimental character of the scientific method and biology • of the role of evolution in humans 2 explain the experimental foundations that underpin our understanding of biology 3 work cooperatively in tutorials and practicals 4 analyse and interpret experimental data 5 identify the limitations of experimental design and the critical importance of controls 6 write practical reports and to present the experimental results in a valid scientific manner
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Personal Protective Equipment (Practicals):
current edition of Campbell Biology (Australian & NZ Edition)
Hardcopy and/or electronic copy
An internet capable mobile device (eg phone, tablet, laptop etc) will allow realtime participation in lectures and workshops
This course runs face-to-face classes (lectures, workshops and laboratory practicals) with online material on MyUni to support your learning.
Available on MyUni:
- all lecture notes and workshop material for face-to-face classes
- additional resources as appropriate for the topic
- weekly review quizzes to support learning of lecture content
- discussion board
- past exams and other resources for the course
- laboratory practical manual (instructions) and prelimary quizzes for preparation
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
4 x 3 hour practical per semester
3 x 1 hr small group research experience per semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact Hours (53 hours)
Lectures 33 x 1 = 33 hours
Lecture Tests 2 x 1 = 2 hours
Practicals 4 x 3 = 12 hours
Small Group Discovery 3 x 1 = 3 hours
Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours
Non-contact Hours (107 hours)
Weekly reading/other study 3 hours per week = 36 hours
5 online tutorials = 5 x 3 hours = 15 hours
Preparation for Practicals 2 hours per practical = 8 hours
Preparation for Tests = 10 hours
Preparation of Practical assessment = 8 hours
Small group discovery project = 15 hours
Exam preparation= 15 hours
Total = approximately 160 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics covered in the course (and supported by the textbook and online resources) are as follows:
- Lectures 1-3: Regulation of gene expression.
- Lectures 4-9: Cell signaling and cancer biology
- Lectures 10-12: Host-Pathogen I.
- Lectures 13,14: Modern Technologies
- Lectures 15-20: Host-Pathogen II.
- Session 21 - Lecture Test 1
- Lectures 22-24: Respiratory System.
- Lectures 25-27: Developmental Biology.
- Lectures 28-32: Human Evolution.
- Lectures 33-34 Fontiers in Biology.
- Session 35 - Lecture Test 2.
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 Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Redeemable Tests (x2) Summative Weeks 7 & 12 0-30% 1, 2 Practical Assessment Formative and Summative Weeks 3,5,7 & 9 15% 1-6 Workshop participation Formative 5% Online Tutorial Assessment Formative and Summative Various times during semester 10% 1-3 Essay Formative and Summative End of week 10 10% 1-6 End of Semester Theory Examination Summative In examination period 30-60% 1, 2
End of Semester Theory Examination
The examination will be divided into three sections:
A. compulsory section consisting of short answer questions (30%)
B. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions (potentially 15% if used to redeem lecture test 1)
C. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions (potentially 15% if used to redeem lecture test 2).
Essay – Total
Students select a given topic and research the relevant primary literature to address
the topic or question. This is an individual piece of written work.
Redeemable Supervised Tests - Total
Lecture test #1 (Week8) 15%
Lecture test #2 (Week12) 15%
Practical Assessment - Total
Practical 1: Online quiz (due prior to practical) 3%
Practicals 1, 2 & 3: Worksheet that covers sessions 1, 2 & 3 (due at the completion of practical 3) 10%
Practical 4: Prelim quiz (due prior to practical) 1%
& worksheet (Report due 7 days after the completion of practical) 6%
Workshop Participation - Total
All workshops are regarded as both formative and summative and each student will be assessed on their attendance AND participation (5%)
Online Tutorial Assessment - Total
Online tutorials are to be completed during the the student's own time. (5%)
- On-line Tutorial assessments will by undertaken using MyUni.
- Practical worksheet and report assessments will be submitted via Turnitin using MyUni.
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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