BIOL11099 - Living Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Successful completion of this unit will provide students with an understanding of the diversity of life at the level of cells and whole organisms, together with an appreciation of a range of fundamental themes in contemporary biology, including biodiversity, ecology, heredity and evolution. In the practical component, students will gain hands-on experience of relevant laboratory and practical procedures.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students found the time limit on the quizzes was too short and some of the questions were too hard. Moodle course evaluation. Time limit on the quizzes will be increased and questions will be reviewed
Students found seeing living organisms in their natural environment during the field trip increased their understanding of the course material. Moodle course evaluation and personal communication with students. Continue to include a field trip as part of the practical work.
Students enjoyed the lectures and found the laboratory sessions a very valuable learning experience. Moodle course evaluation. Lectures and laboratory sessions will be continued in the same format.
Changing the practical tests from inclass tests to online quizzes to accomodate unavoidable changes in the timing of some of the field trips was confusing. Moodle course evaluation. Practical tests will be changed to online tests in future offerings of the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the organization of living organisms at the cellular and whole organism level
  2. Explain the fundamentals of selected core themes, including cell theory, emergent properties, heredity, evolution and biodiversity and demonstrate their application across the biological and environmental sciences
  3. Describe the concepts underlying current understanding of the diversity and systematics of living organisms, using appropriate sources and terminology
  4. Carry out a range of laboratory and practical procedures relating to the diversity of life

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Practical Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Practical Assessment          
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Campbell Biology: Australian and New Zealand Edition
Author/s: Reece, JB., Meyers, N., Urry, LA., Cain, ML., Wasserman, SA., Minorsky, PV., Jackson, RB & Cooke, BN. Year: 2015
Edition: 10th Publisher: Pearson Australia
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Copies of the previous edition will be acceptable.

The textbook is also available as Campbell Biology Australian and New Zealand Edition VitalSource eText (10e) ISBN 9781486012299.Pearson Australia.

However, current edition paper copies are still available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Electronic copies of the textbook will be available as an alternative to the hard copy.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSarah Mcnicol (s.mcnicol@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to living systems

Heirarchy of classification

Evolution by natural selection

Study Guide Topics 1, 2, 3

Week 2 13-03-2017

Cell theory

Prokaryotes

Endosymbiosis

Study Guide Topics 4, 5, 6

Week 3 20-03-2017

Protists and multicelluarity

Algae

Study Guide Topic 7

Week 4 27-03-2017

Plants move to land

Bryophytes, pterophytes and gymnosperms

Study Guide Topics 8, 9


Week 5 03-04-2017

Angiosperms

Aquatic macrophytes and the move back to water

Study Guide Topics 9, 10

Lady Musgrave Field trip - Bundaberg Internal students only: Wednesday 5th April. Time to be advised.

Online Theory Quizzes (1 and 2) Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Fungi

Before the Bilateria

Study Guide Topics 11, 12

Week 7 24-04-2017

Platyhelminths

Nematodes

Annelids

Study Guide Topics 13, 14

Week 8 01-05-2017

Arthropods

Molluscs

Study Guide Topics 15, 16

Week 9 08-05-2017 Echinoderms

Study Guide Topics 17

Compulsory residential school and field trip for Geraldton (distance) students: 11th - 14th May, Geraldton.

Compulsory residential school (including North Keppel Island field trip on 15th or 16th May) for all other distance/mixed mode students: 14th - 17th May, Rockhampton

Explanatory report on a recently discovered invertebrate Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017 No lectures - own revision

Revision of topics

Continued compulsory residential school (including North Keppel Island field trip on 15th or 16th May) for all other distance/mixed mode students: 14th - 17th May, Rockhampton.

North Keppel Island Field trip - Rockhampton internal students: 15th or 16th May.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Chordates and vertebrates

Mammals to humans

Study Guide Topics 18, 19

Online Practical test A (Field trip test) Due Friday 26th May 11.45 PM AEST

Week 12 29-05-2017

Biomes and biodiversity

Origin of living systems and life beyond our planet

Review

Study Guide Topics 20, 21

Online Practical tests B and C (laboratory practicals) Due Friday 2nd June 11.45 PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Teaching team members:

Sarah McNicol E: s.mcnicol@cqu.edu.au

Nathan Brooks-English E: n.english@cqu.edu.au

Glenn Varley E: glenn.varley@crtafe.wa.edu.au

Leigh Stitz E: l.stitz@cqu.edu.au

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Theory Quizzes (1 and 2)
Task Description

There will be two multiple choice online quizzes based on the lecture material from the first four weeks of term. Theory Quiz 1 will open in Week 2 and Theory Quiz 2 will open in Week 4. Both quizzes will close at the end of Week 5 on Friday 7th April at 23.45 AEST. Quiz 1 and Quiz 2 will each be worth 5% of the total course mark.

Number of Quizzes 2
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

These quizzes will be assessed on the correctness of the answers.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the organization of living organisms at the cellular and whole organism level

2. Explain the fundamentals of selected core themes, including cell theory, emergent properties, heredity, evolution and biodiversity and demonstrate their application across the biological and environmental sciences

3. Describe the concepts underlying current understanding of the diversity and systematics of living organisms, using appropriate sources and terminology

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Online Practical Tests
Task Description

Three tests based on the material covered in the field trip (Practical Test A) and the practical laboratory sessions (Practical Tests B and C) will be conducted online and close after the last field trip and the last practical session, respectively. However you may submit anytime after the relevant quiz opens (date to be advised) and you have completed the relevant sessions. In total this assessment is worth 20%. The test based on the field trip (Practical Test A) will be a short answer question and is worth 6% of the total marks for the unit and the tests based on the practical laboratory sessions (Practical Tests B and C) are multiple choice questions and are worth 7% each (total 14% of unit marks).

Assessment Due Date Practical Test A (Field trip test) Due week 11 on Friday 26th May at 23.45 AEST; Practical Tests B and C (Laboratory Practicals) Due week 12 Friday 2nd June at 23.45 AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Answers will be assessed on correctness, comprehensiveness and relevance.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the organization of living organisms at the cellular and whole organism level

2. Explain the fundamentals of selected core themes, including cell theory, emergent properties, heredity, evolution and biodiversity and demonstrate their application across the biological and environmental sciences

4. Carry out a range of laboratory and practical procedures relating to the diversity of life

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Explanatory report on a recently discovered invertebrate
Task Description

This assessment requires you to research and describe an invertebrate that has recently been discovered anywhere in the world. More details will be provided on the Moodle site.

In your explanatory paper you are required to:

  • Name the scientific classification of the organism (kingdom, phylum etc).
  • Describe the biological characteristics of the organism in relation to its classification into the particular taxonomic group.
  • Rationalise the classification based on relevant literature.
Suggested length: 1000 words max (excluding title page, references, figure and table labels)

Use Harvard (author, date) referencing format.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The complete assessment rubric will be available on the Moodle site and the criteria will include:

  • Accuracy of the information about the newly discovered species and its classification
  • Relevance of the cited material
  • Accuracy of referencing
  • Correct English grammar and clarity of expression.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Upload your assignment as a word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the organization of living organisms at the cellular and whole organism level

2. Explain the fundamentals of selected core themes, including cell theory, emergent properties, heredity, evolution and biodiversity and demonstrate their application across the biological and environmental sciences

3. Describe the concepts underlying current understanding of the diversity and systematics of living organisms, using appropriate sources and terminology

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the organization of living organisms at the cellular and whole organism level

2. Explain the fundamentals of selected core themes, including cell theory, emergent properties, heredity, evolution and biodiversity and demonstrate their application across the biological and environmental sciences

3. Describe the concepts underlying current understanding of the diversity and systematics of living organisms, using appropriate sources and terminology

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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