BIOLOGY OF CELL AND ORGANISM

BIO1CO

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to biology by discussing units of ever increasing size and complexity. We begin with molecules and cells, then proceed to tissues and organs in plants and animals, and how these units cooperate in the whole organism. Topics covered in lectures include cell and molecular biology, structure and function of animal and plants, Mendelian genetics as well as biological principles. Relevant questions and lecture material will be presented in advance on the LMS site for students to work through, and face-to-face lectures will be used for summarising and to explain the more difficult concepts. The practical component focuses on biological observation, recording skills and data interpretation, and introduces a number of biological disciplines (e.g. microscopy, microbiology, biochemistry and physiology). BIO1CO is a cornerstone subject, so there is some emphasis on the graduate capabilities (GC), especially writing.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiologyPrescribedLadiges P, Evans B, Saint R 20145TH EDITION, SYDNEY: MACGRAW-HILL
Readings BIO1CO Student ManualPrescribedGibson, M et al. 2018La Trobe University

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the morphological and metabolic features of different cell types.

Activities:
Lectures, regular Q&A sessions, experimentation and recording of cell morphology in practical sessions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the biological and physical processes occurring in different cell types.

Activities:
Lectures, regular Q&A sessions, experimentation and recording of cell processes in practical sessions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the morphology and associated functions of selected plant and animal tissues and organ systems.

Activities:
Lectures, regular Q&A sessions, recording of plant and animal anatomy in practicals and relating these to their respective functions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Complete scientific experiments that examine aspects of cell biology, for example, fermentation with yeast, and involve: interpreting data, recognizing methodological issues, identifying the theoretical basis for the experiment, and communicating observations and results

Activities:
Undertaking practicals and practical report writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 12
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)040 01, 02, 03, 04
Biological drawings and pre-prac quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)010 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (equivalent to 400 words each)030 01, 02, 04
Two 25-min mid-semester tests (equivalent to 800 words)020 01, 02, 03, 04

Singapore, 2018, Term L2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 11 - 15
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Biological drawings and pre-practical quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)10 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (equivalent to 400 words each)30 01, 02, 04
One 50-min mid-semester test (equivalent to 800 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04

Singapore, 2018, Term L2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 11 - 15
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Biological drawings and pre-practical quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)10 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (equivalent to 400 words each)30 01, 02, 04
One 50-min mid-semester test (equivalent to 800 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04

Singapore, 2018, Term L5, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 36 - 40
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 36 - 40
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Biological drawings and pre-practical quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)10 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (equivalent to 400 words each)30 01, 02, 04
One 50-min mid-semester test (equivalent to 800 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04