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BIO1042

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gerry Rayner

Synopsis

A study of the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities; responses of organisms to environmental conditions; interactions between plants and animals; environmental genetics and microbiology; management of biological resources; and an introduction to ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. As for BIO1011 the unit is structured to encourage self-paced learning with considerable feedback on individual performance.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biology by articulating the methods of biology and explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary concepts and processes, aspects of the evolution of the Australian biota, the nature of biogeochemical cycles, and human impacts on the biosphere;

  1. Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to biology by applying practical techniques and tools to conduct an investigation in the laboratory, field or virtual environment;

  1. Demonstrate competency in designing experiments, gathering data and analysing and presenting summative data in meaningful and accurate ways;

  1. Communicate scientific principles and information underlying biology-related topics in written or oral formats and using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;

  1. Work and learn independently and collaboratively while exercising personal, professional and social responsibility that recognises the importance of practicing science sustainably, ethically and safely.

Assessment

Examinations (2.5 hours): 45%
Practical work: 55%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures, one hour of set reading and quizzes, and one 3-hour practical or equivalent online activities

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