BIOL11100 - Functional Biology
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Successful completion of this unit will provide students with an understanding of the operation of living systems at different levels of organisation, together with an appreciation of a number of major themes in current biology, e.g. in relation to culture of living organisms, inheritance and gene technology, physiological functioning of organisms and their interactions with their environment. 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:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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) 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. In-class Test(s) 10%
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 who did not take all the quizzes tended to do poorly or not pass the unit. Staff Each Theory and Practical Quiz will be given minimum pass marks so that students have an incentive to complete ALL quizzes. Practical Quizzes will be left open for 48 hours instead of 24 hours in order to improve completion rates.
Students who had not taken Living Systems felt that they were "behind" during the unit. Student feedback A separate moodle section will be created that contains links to relevant Living Systems lectures.
Some students felt the residential school wasted their time. Student Feedback We will schedule the residential school to better reflect the time being used for actual coursework.
Unit "jumps" from plants to animals and that makes it difficult for students to learn. Student Feedback In the past, the unit has been run with animal and plant form and function presented separately and the students criticised this format as being not engaging. In the end, there is no ideal solution, and we will continue to teach animal and plant form and function together.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationships between structure and function of biological systems at various levels of organization, from sub-cellular, through cell, organ, organism to ecosystem, using relevant examples and appropriate terminology.
  2. Explain the basic principles involved in the culture of different types of living organisms, including microbes, plants and animals.
  3. Describe the molecular basis of inheritance and recombinant DNA technology and demonstrate its application across the biological and biomedical sciences.
  4. Explain the adaptation of living organisms to different environments, especially in terms of the relationships between form and function at the physiological level.
  5. Carry out a range of laboratory and practical procedures relating to the functions of living organisms.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - In-class Test(s)    
4 - Examination        

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment        
3 - In-class Test(s)            
4 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Biology: Australian and New Zealand Version
Author/s: Campbell, NA., 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:

Students please note that this is the same textbook used for BIOL11099 Living Systems. There is also an eBook available.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Word, or any other word processing software
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 CoordinatorNathan Brooks-English (n.english@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 10-07-2017

General Concepts in Functional Biology

Study Guide Chapter 1

Week 2 17-07-2017

Genetics and Reproduction

Study Guide Chapter 2

Practical Quiz 1 (internal Students Only)

Theory Quiz A

Choose a mythical creature for your Mythical Creature assessment and get email approval from the unit coordinator.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Development and Dispersal

Study Guide Chapter 3

Practical Quiz 2 (internal Students Only)

Zoom Tutorial: Using Microsoft Excel like a pro...

Week 4 31-07-2017

Energy and Metabolism

Study Guide Chapter 4

Practical Quiz 3 (internal Students Only)

Theory Quiz B

Week 5 07-08-2017

Nutrition and Digestion

Study Guide Chapter 5

Practical Quiz 4 (internal Students Only)

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Nutrients, Water and Waste

Study Guide Chapter 6

Practical Quiz 5 (BDG students only)

Theory Quiz C

Week 7 28-08-2017

Circulation and Gas Exchange

Study Guide Chapter 7

Week 8 04-09-2017

No lectures this week.

Residential school in Rockhampton for Mixed Mode students (8th - 10th September)

Geraldton WA Mixed Mode students do NOT attend this residential school or attempt the prac quizzes until after their residential school. Check Moodle for details.

Practical Quiz 1-6 (Mixed Mode students only, excluding )

Practical Quiz 5 (ROK students only)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Defence and Protection

Study Guide Chapter 8

Theory Quiz D

Week 10 18-09-2017

Locomotion

Study Guide Chapter 9

Practical Quiz 6 (internal Students Only)

Week 11 25-09-2017

Signalling and Coordination

Study Guide Chapter 10

Theory Quiz E (opens Sept 30, closes Oct 7) Note, this quiz is only open for one week.

Written Assessment (Mythical Creature) Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Ecophysiology, a review

Review all chapters

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Theory Quizzes
Task Description

These fortnightly quizzes will test your knowledge from the prior two weeks' lectures and readings.

Number of Quizzes 5
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date Once per fortnight from week two (see the schedule of topics in this unit profile).
Return Date to Students Once per fortnight on completion of quiz
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Correctness of final answers.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of available marks averaged over all quizzes.
Submission Online

Working on their own, students must complete a quiz each fortnight. Students may do the quiz a second time if they wish. If taken, the second attempt will be graded.

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

1. Describe the relationships between structure and function of biological systems at various levels of organization, from sub-cellular, through cell, organ, organism to ecosystem, using relevant examples and appropriate terminology.

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

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment (Mythical Creature)
Task Description

You will be asked to select and describe the biology of a mythical creature. Your task is to write an essay of approximately 1000 to 1500 words about the creature, using all of the unit content from weeks one to ten. Specifically, we would like you to tell us how the mythical creature could exist on Earth and perform the functions that it does, based on your knowledge of the biological content of this unit.

You are expected to consult the textbook and other resources such as journal articles, credible online web sources and books when preparing your assignment.

Please describe your creature in an email to the unit coordinator in Week 2. The coordinator will confirm your choice of creature by return email. You may not use a creature that is a hybrid of two or more real-life creatures (e.g. centaur, griffin) or a creature too similar to existing or extinct taxa (e.g. Yeti, dinosaur).

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Wednesday (11-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

A comprehensive assessment criteria sheet is available on Moodle.

Students will be assessed on:

1. Information literacy (finding and using resources and references appropriate to the subject matter)

2. Problem solving (your ability to come up with creative and feasible ideas about how the mythical creature functions)

3. Critical thinking (your ability to successfully apply your knowledge of Functional Biology in a new and unfamiliar context).

4. Communication (your ability to write using grammatically correct, clear and concise Australian English and to demonstrate your ability to adhere to discipline-specific academic conventions such as biological nomenclature and referencing of sources).

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

Upload your MS Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF document with embedded images to the Moodle page.

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

4. Explain the adaptation of living organisms to different environments, especially in terms of the relationships between form and function at the physiological level.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title Practical quizzes
Task Description

You must undertake seven, three-hour practical (laboratory) sessions either throughout the term (internal students) or at the residential school (distance/FLEX/Geraldton students). After practicals 1-6, you will be required to undertake a ten-minute, multiple choice quiz on Moodle. Each quiz is worth 1.6% of your final grade, making a total of ten percent of the final grade. Material from all seven practicals may be present on the final exam.

Assessment Due Date Practical quizzes are administered on Moodle after practical/residential school sessions. Students must attend practical classes or residential school to be eligible to take the quizzes. No second attempts on practical quizzes are allowed.
Return Date to Students On Moodle gradebook.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Correctness of answers to quiz questions.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of available marks averaged over all quizzes.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Quizzes will be taken online after Practical/Residential School sessions. No second attempts on practical quizzes are allowed.

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

2. Explain the basic principles involved in the culture of different types of living organisms, including microbes, plants and animals.

3. Describe the molecular basis of inheritance and recombinant DNA technology and demonstrate its application across the biological and biomedical sciences.

5. Carry out a range of laboratory and practical procedures relating to the functions of living organisms.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 30%
Length 180 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 relationships between structure and function of biological systems at various levels of organization, from sub-cellular, through cell, organ, organism to ecosystem, using relevant examples and appropriate terminology.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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