BIOLOGY 1520 - Biology I: Organisms (Veterinary Bioscience)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1520 Course Biology I: Organisms (Veterinary Bioscience) 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 1510 or BIOLOGY 1401. Restrictions Available to BSc (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 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 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 10e (Australian and NZ edition)
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
As specified during the course
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 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.
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 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 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 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
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
An online tutorial and quiz will be available on MyUni during week 3.
All workshops are regarded as both formative and summative and each student will be assessed on their attendance AND participation (5%)
Practical Assessment - Total
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
- 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
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.
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