APP BIOL 1520WT - Foundations of Applied Biology IB
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code APP BIOL 1520WT Course Foundations of Applied Biology IB Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible SCIENCE 1101WT Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Applied Biology students only Course Description This course will introduce students to the broad array of scientific endeavour, the integrated nature of scientific disciplines, and the importance of scientific process and critical thinking especially experimental design. Students will be introduced to contemporary examples of applied biology. Applied Biology will be introduced through a series of workshops and practicals in which students will gain an understanding of the discipline of applied biology, and the careers available within biology.
Course Coordinator: Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Understand biology, how it is both practiced and applied 2 Apply research skills (including acquisition, analysis and synthesis of data as part of investigating experimental design) 3 Apply critical and logical thinking 4 Communicate science to various audiences
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)
1-4 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
2,3 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
1,2,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delived using Workshops and Practical classes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., pre-class preparation, post-class assessments, reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryClasses will be devoted to group and open discussion of what applied biology is and how it works by using real-life examples which will be strengthened by practicals. This will include developing communication skills (academic and public), understanding experimental design and an introduction to contemporary areas of applied biology.
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 Hurdle? Learning Outcome Online Quizzes Formative & Summative Weeks 2,4,6,8,10 50% No 1,2 Scientific/Lay Abstract Formative & Summative Week 10 20% No 2,3,4 Case Study (experimental design) Formative & Summative Week 12 20% No 1,2,3 Reflective writing Summative Week 13 10% No 1-4
Assessment DetailOnline Quizzes (50%)
Students will complete a total of 5 online quizzes throughout the semester on material covered in the practicals.
Scientific/Lay Abstract (20%)
Students will be provided with an article (title and abstract missing) and asked to write a 250 word scientific abstract and 200 word lay abstract.
Case Study on Experimental Design (20%)
Students will examine several case studies that will be provided and answer questions about experimental design.
Reflective writing assignment (10%)
For effective learning, new experiences need to be interesting, readily understood, believable and useful to the student. People often learn best when they can identify how new experiences alter their existing knowledge, skills and emotions. Describing and elaborating upon these experiences is an effective way to promote learning and professional development. This task will capture the ways in which students react to, or are affected by, their experiences in this course. Task length 450-500 words.
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 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 or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
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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