BIOLOGY 1201 - Biology I: Human Perspectives
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1201 Course Biology I: Human Perspectives Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Sci(Inactive) Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 Course Description This course builds on fundamentals of biology that have been developed in Molecules, Genes and Cells. The 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 for studies of mammalian and non-mammalian organisms, and where appropriate, such models will be discussed. The themes that will be covered include: the organisation of the body, evolution, inheritance, regulation of gene expression, communication and control systems in the body; developmental biology and defence systems. Sessions that provide opportunities to integrate the information and demonstrate how it provides an understanding of normal human function and of disease, will be a regular feature of the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr Grant Booker
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4-6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Course resources as provided including video/audio recording of lectures and copies of PowerPoint slides, as well as additional reading/recommended texts
As specified during the course
Online LearningAvailable on MyUni:
Self-directed learning modules on basic chemistry principles
Video introduction to the practicals
Files for viewing molecular structures in 3-D
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
10 x 1 hour tutorial 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 (63 hours)
Lectures 33 x 1 = 33 hours
Lecture Tests 2 x 1 = 2 hours
Tutorials 10 x 1 = 10 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 (102 hours)
Weekly reading/other study 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Preparation for tutorials 1 hour per week = 10 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 165 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.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTeams of 4 students meet twice (weeks 5 and 7) with a senior researcher to investigate a research problem and propose a series of experiments to address that problem. The students present a group poster describing their research at a conference style poster session in week 11. Each student also submits a 500 word summary report as an individual assessment.
Group Poster (prepared as a group) 10% (group mark)
Summary report (prepared as an individual) 5% (individual mark)
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- 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 20% 1-6 Tutorial Assessment Formative and Summative Weekly throughout semester 5% 1-3 Small Group Discovery Project Formative and Summative Poster session week 11 15% 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).
Small Group Discovery Project – Total
Teams of 4 students meet with a senior researcher to investigate a research problem
and propose a series of experiments to address that problem. The students generate a group poster describing their research. Each student also produces a 500 word summary report as as an individual assessment.
Group Poster (group assessment) 10%
Summary/Abstract (individual assessment) 5%
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%
Tutorial Assessment - Total
All tutorials are regarded as both formative and summative and each student will be assessed on their attendance and participation (5%)
- On-line Quiz assessments will by undertaken using MyUni.
- Practical worksheet and report assessments will be submitted via Turnitin.
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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
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