Biological Concepts (11722.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand and explain foundational biological concepts related to cells, metabolism, inheritance, and evolution;
2. Apply knowledge of biological concepts to predict and explain observations of the natural world; and
3. Apply knowledge and skills of the scientific process to collect, record, analyse and interpret biological data from a range of sources.
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Equivalent units483 Concepts in Biology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Katie Cohen|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Adrian Dusting|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Katie Cohen|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Margarita Medina|
There are no required texts for this unit. However, you may want to purchase our custom text: Biological Concepts 11722 (2022), Pearson Publishing.
This may be purchased online as an e-text, or a print version. There are copies of this text, and copies of the parent book: Campbell Biology 11th edition by Urry et al, 2018, in the University of Canberra library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items are to be submitted electronically via the unit Canvas site Dropbox.
Special assessment requirements
Your participation in both class and online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items. Participation in the face-to-face classes is required in order to demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes.
Requirements to pass the unit are as follows:
- Module I, Module II, and Module III Assessments must all be attempted.
- The Final Assessment must be attempted.
- Participation in at least 6 out of 8 face-to-face practical sessions.
- A total mark of at least 50% must be achieved.
- A minimum of 40% must be achieved in the Final Assessment.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In this unit, students are expected to attend 40 contact hours across semester (16 hours of compulsory practical sessions and 24 hours of workshops). It is expected that the remaining 110 hours is devoted to private and group study to prepare assessments and develop a good depth of understanding of the content delivered in this unit. This includes viewing a weekly recorded lecture and completing the accompanying quiz. There are also PALS sessions (it is strongly recommended that students attend these).
Inclusion and engagement
Students are encouraged to contact the Wellbeing team if they would like extra support in order to thrive at UC.
It is a requirement of this unit that you participate in at least 6 out of 8 face-to-face practical sessions. If you are unable to attend your allocated workshop or practical session, please contact the unit convener to arrange attendance at another session. A medical certificate, or other supporting documentation, is required when a student is unable to participate in either a workshop or a practical session, or both, in any given week.
Required IT skills
It is assumed that students have skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
A laboratory coat and a botany exercise book (with alternating ruled and blank pages) are to be purchased for this unit. These can be purchased from the UC Shop.
Work placement, internships or practicums
The practical classes in this unit are held in a biological laboratory. Safety standards are strictly followed in this environment, and all students are expected to read the safety instructions found in the practical and workshop manual prior to entry into the laboratory for the first time.