BIOLOGY 1202 - Biology I: Organisms
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1202 Course Biology I: Organisms 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 or BIOLOGY 1401 Course Description This course focuses on the diversity of multicellular organisms, with evolution as the central theme. It addresses key questions in biology: What are plants and animals? What about other types of organisms? How do they evolve? How do they function? How do they interact with other organisms and the environment? These questions are answered by analysing the scientific evidence that supports current understanding.
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 diversity of life on Earth, evolution and ecology focus of this course is complemented by different aspects of biology in Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells, and Biology I: Human Perspectives. 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 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 Explain how evolution by natural selection has affected the diversity of organisms on earth 2 Predict how selection pressures will influence the traits of individuals in a population 3 Explain how the structures and their functions in individual organisms enable them to respond to the main problems of growth and development, survival and reproduction, especially plants, animals and other eukaryotes 4 Formulate plausible hypotheses to explain the origin and function of biological traits in organisms 5 Explain how the key ecological processes affect the distribution and abundance of organisms 6 Analyse how these ecological processes affect selected populations 7 Analyse and interpret experimental data and appreciate the limitations of experimental design and the critical importance of controls 8 Write practical reports and present the experimental results in a valid scientific manner 9 Find, evaluate, summarise and use primary information sources to support a scientific argument 10 Display scientific curiosity and to appreciate the importance of asking questions
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):
Recommended ResourcesText Book:
Campbell Biology current edition (Australian and NZ version)
Hardcopy and/or electronic copy
An internet capable mobile device (eg phone, tablet, laptop etc) will allow participation in lectures
Course resources as provided including video/audio recording of lectures and copies of PowerPoint slides, as well as additional reading/recommended texts Links to Mastering Biology (Pearson Education)
Online LearningAvailable on MyUni:
Summative/Formative online tutorials
Self-directed learning modules on basic chemistry principles
Summative/Formative Video introduction to the practicals
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 3 hour practical per fortnight
5 x online tutorials per semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact Hours (56 hours)
Lectures 33 x 1 = 33 hours
Practicals 6 x 3 = 18 hours
Lecture tests 2 x 1 = 2 hours
Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours.
Non-contact Hours (109 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 = 12 hours
Preparation for Tests = 10 hours
Preparation of Practical assessment = 6 hours
Essay research and preparation = 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 1-6: Evolution.
- Lectures 7-8: Protists and Fungi.
- Lectures 9-17: Plant Biology.
- Session 18 - Lecture Test 1.
- Lectures 19-26: Animal Biology.
- Lectures 27-34: Ecology.
- Session 35 - Lecture Test 2.
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- 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 6 & 12 0-30% 1-6 Practical Assessment Formative and Summative Weeks 2,4,6,8,10 & 12 20% 1-10 Online Tutorial Assessment Formative and Summative various times during semester 5% 1-10 Essay/briefing paper Formative and Summative Week 8 15% 8-9 End of Semester Theory Examination Summative In examination period 30-60% 1-6
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
C. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions (potentially 15% if used to redeem lecture
Essay/Briefing Paper – 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. 15%
Redeemable Supervised Tests - Total
Lecture test #1 (Week6) 15%
Lecture test #2 (Week12) 15%
Practical Assessment - Total
Practical 1: Evolution (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 3%
Practical 2: Fungi, Lichens & Algae (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 3%
Practical 3: Plant Biology (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 4%
Practical 4: Invertebrates (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 4%
Practical 5: Vertebrate Srtucture and Function (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 3%
Practical 6: Ecology of Populations (worksheet due at the completion of practical) 3%
All worksheets will be marked and returned to the students at the following practical session
Online Tutorial Assessment - Total
5 online tutorials during the semester to be completed in the students own time. (5%)
- On-line Tutorial assessments will by undertaken using MyUni.
- Practical worksheet and report assessments will be submitted via Turnitin using MyUni.
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.
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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