BIOLOGY 1520 - Biology I: Organisms (Veterinary Bioscience)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1520 Course Biology I: Organisms (Veterinary Bioscience) Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Restrictions Available to B Sc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description This course focuses on the biology and diversity of multicellular organisms, with evolution as the central theme. It addresses key questions in biology: What are plants and animals? 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 theory.
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 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 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7-10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7-9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 10
Required ResourcesOnline Free Textbook:
(Openstax College, Rice University, USA )
Campbell Biology 8th or 9th ed
Personal Protective Equipment (Practicals):
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:
Summative/Formative Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Self-directed learning modules on basic chemistry principles
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
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact Hours (68 hours)
Lectures 33 x 1 = 33 hours
Tutorials 12 x 1 = 12 hours
Practicals 6 x 3 = 18 hours
Lecture tests 2 x 1 = 2 hours
Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours.
Non-contact Hours (96 hours)
Weekly reading/other study 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Preparation for tutorials 1 hour per week = 12 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 174 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.
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- 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 TypeDueWeightingLearning 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 Tutorial Assessment Formative and Summative Weekly throughout 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 test 1)
C. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions
(potentially 15% if used to redeem lecture test 2).
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 their
following practical session
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.
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
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