Diversity of Life and Habitats (11772.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|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. Identify and classify the fundamental components of physical environments;
2. Identify and classify the basic structure and function of organisms;
3. Integrate and apply physical, ecological and evolutionary principles to interpret the diversity of life;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of spatial patterns in diversity based on fundamental physical and biological factors; and
5. Describe and explain elements of the natural world using scientific inquiry-based approaches.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
Equivalent units623 Plants and Animals
|Teaching start date
|29 July 2024
|Dr Adrian Dusting
The textbook for the unit is:
Urry et al. (2021) Campbell Biology, 12th edition (Australian and New Zealand Version). Pearson. ISBN-13: 9781488626241
A link to an electronic version of the text is available on CANVAS through the "Access Pearson" link.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
The final mark for this subject will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item. To achieve a passing grade or higher in this subject, students must:
- Attend at least 80% of practical classes; and
- Attempt all assessment items; and
- Achieve a final aggregate mark of 50% or higher.
The unit convenor 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.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 12 hours of lectures (1 hr x 12 weeks), 12 hours of workshops (1 hr x 12 weeks) and 22 hours of practicals (2 hr x 11 weeks). The remaining 104 hours of workload should be distributed across self-directed study and the various assessment tasks.
Note that some optional extension activities may be made available during semester. Students are strongly encouraged to complement their studies by completing these activities, however they are optional and hence additional to the 150 hours of notional workload associated this unit.
Participation in lectures/workshops is highly recommended. While timetabled as a lecture for practical reasons, the lecture/workshop sessions will be interactive and potentially involve outdoor activities. In some cases this will render lecture recording unfeasible, hence the expectation is that all students will attend the 2 hr lecture/workshop in full. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
Participation in practicals is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 80% of the practicals in order to pass the unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned workshop due to illness or unavoidable commitments, contact the unit convener as soon as possible to negotiate an alternative practical class (if available). You will need to provide a medical or counsellor's certificate in such circumstances.
Required IT skills
An ability to use basic word processing and spreadsheet software. Any additional training will be provided as part of classes.
Work placement, internships or practicums
There are no formal WIL activities in this unit. However students will be participating in activities that simulate real-world field experiences and should endeavour to approach these activities with apposite professionalism.
Laboratory and field safety
Practicals for this unit are run in a laboratory environment. It is essential that students are familiar with lab safety requirements prior to their first practical. Safety practices include wearing closed shoes while in the laboratory. Similarly, students are required to wear appropriate field clothing for on-campus and self-directed field trips/outdoor activities, this includes footwear, hats and clothing appropriate to the situation and weather.
Provision of information
Notifications through the unit's Canvas site (including in Announcements or Discussion fora) and via UC email are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsiblity of the student to ensure that they regularly check their student email and the unit's Canvas website.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the teaching team could result in changes to the mode of delivery of lectures, workshops and practicals, and to assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.