BIOL40108 - Introductory Biology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit prepares students for university study in the environmental, biomedical or life sciences. Students will gain an introductory understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans. This unit covers a range of topics including cell theory, organ systems, genetics, taxonomy, ecology and environmental science.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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
  • Distance

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 Non-award 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) 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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
Difficulty with referencing, particularly for students who have not yet covered referencing in one of the writing units self-evaluation, student feedback, unit evaluations Swap modules in weeks 3 and 4, and move referencing-related questions from quiz 1 to quiz 2. Insert more guidelines on referencing into the essay writing handbook.
Heavy content in week 6 (DNA) unit evaluations, self-evaluation Revise weeks 6 and 7 to reduce content in week 6 and spread more evenly over the two weeks.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
  2. Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays
  3. Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Self Management
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy    
4. Information Technology Competence  
5. Problem Solving    
6. Critical Thinking  
7. Cross-Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical Practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Unit notes are available from the Introductory Biology unit Moodle site.

If you have iTunes and iBooks, I recommend you download E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth. This is an excellent eBook and should be free to download. This eBook is not available for Windows.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to a computer is recommended
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 CoordinatorPramod Shrestha (p.shrestha@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

Module 1. Living things and systems of organisation

1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 2. Biological molecules

2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 3. The cell - the building block of life

3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 4. Introduction to homeostasis; the essay in this unit

4

Quiz 1 Due Monday (27 Mar 2017) 11:30 PM AEST

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 5. Cell membranes

5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 6. Genetics: DNA - structure and function

6

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 7. The cell cycle: Cell division - mitosis and meiosis

7

Quiz 2 Due Monday (24 Apr 2017) 11:30 PM AEST

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 8. Cell differentiation and tissues

8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 9. Organ systems: the skeletal system

9

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 10. Taxonomy and the diversity of life

10

Quiz 3 Due Monday (15 May 2017) 11:30 PM AEST

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 11. Ecology

11

Academic essay Due Monday (22 May 17) 11:30 AM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 12. Environmental science and sustainability

12

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Quiz 4 Due Monday (5 Jun 2017) 11:30 PM AEST

Answers to set questions (open book) Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 11:30 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The course coordinator for this term is:

Pramod Shrestha; p.shrestha@cqu.edu.au; +61 7 4930 9537; Building 361/G.49, Rockhampton Campus.

All modules for this course are online.

If you have iTunes and iBooks, I recommend you download the free eBook E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online quizzes (open book)
Task Description

There are 4 online quizzes to be completed in Moodle.

These quizzes contain multiple choice, matching and short answer questions covering the content from the weekly topics. Each quiz is time limited to 1 hour for completion. Refer to your unit notes while completing the quiz, but do not search the internet for answers. Quizzes become unavailable after the due date unless an extension is requested.

Quizzes are due for completion by the following Dates:

Quiz 1 by Monday of week 4 (27-Mar-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST

Quiz 2 by Monday of week 7 (24-Apr-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST

Quiz 3 by Monday of week 10 (15-May-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST

Quiz 4 by Monday of review/exam week (5-Jun-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST

Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Quiz 1 by Monday of week 4 (27-Mar-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST; Quiz 2 by Monday of week 7 (24-Apr-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST; Quiz 3 by Monday of week 10 (15-May-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST; Quiz 4 by Monday of review week (5-Jun-2017) at 11.30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results are provided online immediately after completion and checked manually within 2 weeks
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are given for correct answers.

Submission Online

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

1. Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans

3. Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

6. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Academic essay
Task Description

Write an academic essay of 1500-2000 words to explain the biological concept of homeostasis using blood glucose homeostasis as an example. Illustrate your answer by referring to blood glucose homeostasis in the human body.

For details, read the "Essay writing handbook" in Moodle.

Requirements for your essay

  • Use a variety of quality academic resources, including journals, relevant to the topic.
  • Write in your own words, i.e. paraphrase the information from the sources rather than relying excessively on quotes or copying words.
  • Use Times New Roman in font size 11 or 12 and 1.5 line spacing.
  • Include a title page containing your name, student number, unit name and code, lecturer name, due date and your word count.
  • Avoid using headings, dot points or numbered lists.
  • If you use diagrams that are based on other people's work, redraw them, acknowledge the original source with a citation and list the source in the reference list. Diagrams cannot be photocopied, scanned from sources or copy/pasted from the Internet.
  • Write in complete sentences and paragraphs using clear, concise and correct English.
Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 11:30 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Three weeks after due date or three weeks after submission if submitted after due date
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The marking matrix (marking criteria) can be downloaded from the unit website in Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 35%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans

2. Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

6. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical Practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Answers to set questions (open book)
Task Description

Provide short answers or write a short essay in response to set questions relating to the entire unit (open book). The questions will be available for download from Moodle near the end of the term (about week 11 or 12). Further details about when the questions are available will be published on Moodle near the end of the term.

To complete this assessment, you can refer to your unit materials as it is open book, but do not search the Internet for the answers.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 11:30 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Two weeks after due date or two weeks after submission if submitted after due date
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are given for correct answers. The essay question will include a component based on communication skills. All written work should be presented using correct grammar and spelling in standard English. Marks will be deducted for answers copied from the internet (students are directed to the University's plagiarism policy).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans

2. Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays

3. Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical Practice




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