Concepts in Biology (483.6)
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|Faculty Of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
|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. Apply knowledge of basic concepts in the areas of cellular function, metabolism, genetics and evolution to interpret biological phenomena;
2. Collect, record, analyse and interpret biological data related to these concepts and communicate these interpretations both in writing and orally; and
3. Design and conduct experiments which examine some of these concepts.
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Simon, E., Dickey, J., Hogan, K. A. & Reece, J. (2016). Campbell Essential Biology: Global Edition (6th ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited
This text may be purchased from the UC Co-op Bookshop, and is also available as a short-term loan from the UC library. The earlier edition - Simon, E., Dickey, J. & Reece J. (2014), Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology: international Edition (4th ed.) - is also suitable.
Additional readings and other learning materials will be provided on the Concepts in Biology unit Moodle website.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
An aggregated mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Additionally, to pass this unit, a student must:
- Achieve a minimum average of 40% in the mid-semester exam and final exam.
- Participate in 80% of the practicals and tutorials.
- Attempt the practical report, the e-portfolio task,the mid-semester exam and the final exam.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
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, there is a total of 41 hours of contact time in the semester (12 hours lectures +18 hours practicals + 11 hours tutorials). It is expected that students will spend ~5 hours each week on self-directed study of the specified learning materials, prior to that week's contact hours (~60hours over the semester). The remaining time is allocated for working on the assessment items, including revising for the final exam, completing the weekly quizzes, completing the practical report, and compiling the e-portfolio.
Participation in practical and tutorial classes is a compulsory condition of this unit in order to attain the learning outcomes, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 7 out of 9 practical classes and 8 out of the 11 tutorials in order to pass the unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned practical or tutorial class due to illness or unavoidable commitments, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible to negotiate an alternate class later in the week (if available). Students must provide a medical or counsellors certificate or other relevant supporting documentation if they are absent from their practical or tutorial class.
Required IT skills
Use of standard reporting and spreadsheet software, use of the Moodle interface via the internet, and access to University of Canberra email, are requirements for this Unit.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable for this unit.
Foundation of Unit
The learning and assessment modes associated with this unit are designed to develop the fundamental biology skills of the students undertaking the unit.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Moodle Announcements Forum or the Moodle Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Moodle website (Moodle forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Moodle discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
This unit does not involve any animal dissection but you will be required to examine preserved organisms and animal cells under a microscope.