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Introduction to living systems
Heirarchy of classification
Evolution by natural selection
Study Guide Topics 1, 2, 3
Study Guide Topics 4, 5, 6
Protists and multicelluarity
Study Guide Topic 7
Plants move to land
Bryophytes, pterophytes and gymnosperms
Study Guide Topics 8, 9
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.
Before the Bilateria
Study Guide Topics 11, 12
Study Guide Topics 13, 14
Study Guide Topics 15, 16
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
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.
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
Biomes and biodiversity
Origin of living systems and life beyond our planet
Study Guide Topics 20, 21
Online Practical tests B and C (laboratory practicals) Due Friday 2nd June 11.45 PM AEST
Teaching team members:
Sarah McNicol E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Brooks-English E: email@example.com
Glenn Varley E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Stitz E: email@example.com
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.
These quizzes will be assessed on the correctness of the answers.
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. Information Literacy
6. Information Technology Competence
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).
Answers will be assessed on correctness, comprehensiveness and relevance.
4. Carry out a range of laboratory and practical procedures relating to the diversity of life
3. Critical Thinking
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:
Use Harvard (author, date) referencing format.
The complete assessment rubric will be available on the Moodle site and the criteria will include:
Upload your assignment as a word document
2. Problem Solving