BIOLOGY 1101 - Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

Topics in this course include: unifying themes of life, macromolecules and the chemistry of life, cell structure and function including membranes and organelles, storage and utilisation of energy by cells, genetic information transfer and patterns of inheritance, and an introduction to mechanisms of evolution. Core concepts are explored using diverse examples. The cell biology, molecular biology and genetics focus of this course is complemented by different aspects of biology in Semester 2 BIOLOGY courses. 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. Biology spans an incredibly wide range of themes. Suitable preparation for studying Level 2 courses in biology-based disciplines generally requires two semesters of Level 1 BIOLOGY.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOLOGY 1101
    Course Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological 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
    Incompatible BIOLOGY 1401, BIOLOGY 1510, BIOLOGY 1001
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with general biology and fundamental general chemistry
    Course Description Topics in this course include: unifying themes of life, macromolecules and the chemistry of life, cell structure and function including membranes and organelles, storage and utilisation of energy by cells, genetic information transfer and patterns of inheritance, and an introduction to mechanisms of evolution. Core concepts are explored using diverse examples. The cell biology, molecular biology and genetics focus of this course is complemented by different aspects of biology in Semester 2 BIOLOGY courses.
    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.

    Biology spans an incredibly wide range of themes. Suitable preparation for studying Level 2 courses in biology-based disciplines generally requires two semesters of Level 1 BIOLOGY.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Coulson

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A successful student should be able to:
    1 Describe the structures and biological functions of DNA, RNA, lipids, carbohydrates and protein.
    2 Describe the structures of cells and their internal organelles.
    3 Explain the differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes.
    4 Explain the metabolic pathways cells use to obtain and transform energy during the life cycle.
    5 Explain osmosis, the role of lipid membranes and the consequence of a cell wall.
    6 Explain the molecular basis of inheritance and cell division.
    7 Measure, analyse and interpret 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)

    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.

    1-7

    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.

    7

    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.

    1-7

    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.

    7

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    7

    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.

    1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    Personal Protective Equipment (Practicals):
    Laboratory Coat
    Safety Glasses

    Recommended Resources
    TextBook:
    Campbell Biology 11e (Australian & NZ Edition)
    Hardcopy and/or electronic copy

    Mobile Device
    An internet capable mobile device (eg phone, tablet, laptop etc) will allow realtime participation in lectures and workshops.

    MyUni:

    Course resources as provided including video/audio recording of lectures and copies of PowerPoint slides, as well as additional reading/recommended texts.

    Weblinks:
    As specified during the course
    Online Learning
    Available on MyUni:
    Links to Mastering Biology for self-directed  learning modules and summative/formative Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Video introduction to the practicals and preparation quizzes for practicals
    Files for viewing molecular structures in 3-D
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    2 x 1 hour "Lectorials" per week
    10 x 1 hour workshops per Semester
    5 x 3 hour practicals per Semester
    Workload

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

    Contact Hours (48 hours)
    Lectures 20 x 1 = 20 hours
    Workshops 10 x 1 = 10 hours
    Practicals 5 x 3 = 15 hours
    Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours.

    Non-contact Hours (103 hours)
    Weekly reading/other study 2 hours per week  = 24 hours
    Preparation for Lectures 2 hours per week = 24 hours
    Preparation for Workshops 1 hour per workshop = 10 hours
    Preparation for Practicals 2 hours per practical = 10 hours
    Preparation for Tests = 10 hours
    Preparation of Practical assessment = 10 hours
    Exam preparation= 15 hours
     
    Total = approximately 151 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The topics covered in the course (and supported by the tutorials, workshops, textbook and online resources) are as follows:
    • Lectures 1-5: The chemical basis of life, the origin of life, the classes of macromolecules with particular emphasis on proteins and their function
    • Lectures 6-7 The cell as the basic structural unit of life, prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells, the endosymbiotic theory of plastid evolution, the cytoskeleton and mitosis.
    • Lectures 8-9 Membrane structure and transport
    • Lectures 10-14 Enzymes as biological catalysts, ATP as the universal energy currency, cellular energetics with emphasis on glucose oxidation, including glycolysis, citric acid cycle and oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis
    • Lectures 15-17 DNA replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation and the genetic code, mutation, PCR.
    • Lectures 18-20 Cell cycle, including mitosis and meiosis, patterns of inheritance (Mendelian), gene linkage, genomics
  • 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 TaskTask TypeDueWeightingLearning Outcome
    End of Semester Theory Examination Summative In examination period 30-60% 1-6
    Redeemable Tests (x2) Summative Weeks 5 & 12 0-30% 1-6
    Online modules/quizzes Formative and Summative Available throughout semester 10%  1-6
    Workshop Assessment Formative and summative Weekly throughout semester 5% 1-6
    Practical Assessment Formative and Summative Fortnightly throughout semester 25% 1-7
    Assessment Detail

    End of Semester Theory Examination

    30-60%

    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 10% if used to redeem Lecture test 1)

    C. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions

        (potentially 10% if used to redeem workshop test 1).
    D. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions

    (potentially 10% if used to redeem workshop test 2).

    Redeemable Supervised Tests - Total

    0-30%

    Lecture test #1 - Closed book (Week 4)    10%
    Workshop test #1 - Closed book (Week 8)    10%
    Workshop test #2 - Closed book (Week 12 ) 10%

    Online modules /quizzes – Total

    10%

    An online tutorial and quiz will be available on MyUni during week 3.

    Workshop Assessment

    5%

    All workshops are regarded as both formative and summative and each student will be assessed on their attendance AND participation (5%)

    Practical Assessment - Total

    25%

    Practical 1: Worksheet (due at the completion of practical) 3%

    Practical 2: Worksheet (due at the completion of practical) 3%

    Practical 3: Worksheet (due at the completion of practical) 4%

    Practical 4: Report (due 7 days after completion of the practical) 6%

    Practical 5: Worksheet (due at the completion of your practical) 4%

    Microscopy competency (due by end of Semester) 5%

    All practical assignments will be marked and returned to the students at their

    following practical session

    Submission
    • On-line Quiz assessments will by undertaken using MyUni.
    • Practical worksheet and report assessments will be submitted via Turnitin.


    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied.
    This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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.

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