BIOLOGY 1401 - Concepts in Biology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1401 Course Concepts in Biology Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible BIOLOGY 1101 Assumed Knowledge Prior study of biology or chemistry is desirable but not essential Restrictions Not available to students with SACE Stage 2 Chemistry Subject Achievement Grade of C+ or greater Course Description The aim of this course is to provide students with a foundation in biology covering key areas including evolution, diversity of organisms, cell structure and function, and inheritance. It provides a suitable background for further study in a number of biological disciplines with more focus on the organism level and above such as botany, zoology, ecology and agricultural sciences.
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 Describe how evolution best explains the complexity and diversity of living organisms. 2 Predict the impact of evolutionary pressures on populations. 3 Explain how cells interact to form tissues and whole organisms. 4 Explain how cells obtain and transform energy during the life cycle. 5 Contrast the diversity of animals with the diversity of plants. 6 Explain the flow of genetic information in cells and how this leads to heredity. 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Personal Protective Equipment (Practicals):
Campbell Biology 11e (Australian & NZ Edition)
Hardcopy and/or electronic copy
An internet capable mobile device (eg phone, tablet, laptop etc) will allow realtime participation in lectures and workshops.
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:
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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
2 x 1 hour "Lectorials" per week
10 x 1 hour workshops per Semester
4 x 3 hour practicals per Semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact Hours (47 hours)
Lectures 22 x 1 = 22 hours
Workshops 10 x 1 = 10 hours
Practicals 4 x 3 = 12 hours
Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours.
Non-contact Hours (89 hours)
Weekly reading/other study 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Preparation for Workshops 1 hour per workshop = 10 hours
Preparation for Practicals 2 hours per practical = 8 hours
Preparation for Tests = 10 hours
Preparation of Practical assessment = 10 hours
Exam preparation= 15 hours
Total = approximately 146 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics covered in the course (and supported by the tutorials, workshops, textbook and online resources) are as follows:
- Lectures 1-2: Biology from the ecosystem through to the cellular.
- Lectures 3-4: The central role of evolution in biology and its impact on populations.
- Lectures 5-6: The characteristics of animals, highlighting their diversity.
- Lectures 7-8: The characteristics of plants, highlighting their diversity.
- Lctures 9-11: Cell biology, including lipid membranes and organelles, cell division and a comparison of prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
- Lectures 12-17: Cellular metabolism and the transformation of energy.
- Lectures 18-22: The flow of genetic information within the cell leading to inheritance and sexual reproduction.
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 Type Due Weighting Learning 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 during semester 15% 1-6 Workshop Assessment Formative and summative Weekly throughout semester 5% 1-6 Practical Assessment Formative and Summative Fortnightly throughout semester 20% 1-7
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 Workshop test 1)
C. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions
(potentially 10% if used to redeem Lecture test 1).
D. optional section consisting of multiple choice questions
(potentially 10% if used to redeem Lecture test 2).
Redeemable Supervised Tests - Total
Workshop test #1 - Closed book (Week 5) 10%
Lecture test #1 - Closed book (Week 9) 10%
Lecture test #2 - Closed book (Week 12 ) 10%
Online modules /quizzes – Total
Online tutorials/quiz will be available on MyUni throughout semester.
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: Worksheet (due at the completion of your practical) 5%
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.
Late submission of assessments
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.
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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