LIVING SYSTEMS 1

SCI1LS1

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Living Systems I is a core subject that brings together traditional biology and chemistry, reflecting the interrelationship between the two fields. Students will be introduced to chemistry concepts and processes and explore their roles in biological systems. A range of biological systems and the significance of biological compounds will be investigated through a variety of laboratory tasks. Students will develop an understanding of molecular structures and processes, including measurement and bonding and their significance in in key biological systems. The importance of living cells, their arrangement in organs and their significance in partial and/or whole systems will be examined. Students will also learn the safe handling of chemical and biological materials and the relevance of environmental and ethical responsibilities.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiology an Australian focusPrescribedKnox, B, Ladiges, P, Evans, B & Saint, R 20104TH EDN, MCGRAW-HILL, NSW
ReadingsGeneral organic and biological chemistryPrescribedSmith, J 20122ND EDN, THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES, NEW YORK
ReadingsBiologyRecommendedCampbell, N, Reece, J & Meyers, N 20088TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the basic structure and role of major chemicals in relation to a range of biological interactions

Activities:
Lectures, staff and peer-assisted group tutorials, and practicals in the laboratory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Compare the properties and significance of important biological compounds

Activities:
Lectures, staff and peer-assisted group tutorials, and practicals in the laboratory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Explain the concepts of molecular bonding, chemical nomenclature and reactions, ionization, solutions, gas laws and pH, and perform associated arithmetical calculations.

Activities:
Lectures, staff and peer-assisted group tutorials, and practicals in the laboratory. Arithmetical, graphical and tabular representations will be used to record, analyse and critically evaluate experimental data. Students will work within small groups (maximum of four) to complete team-based tutorial and practical activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Explain the basic structure and role of the major components of living cells.

Activities:
Lectures, staff and peer-assisted group tutorials, and practicals in the laboratory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Describe living cell types and their arrangement in organs and explain their significance in partial and/or whole systems

Activities:
Lectures, staff and peer-assisted group tutorials, and practicals in the laboratory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Demonstrate competent and safe handling of chemical and biological materials and awareness of relevant environmental and ethical responsibilitiest

Activities:
Staff and peer-assisted pre-and post-practical tutorials and practical classes in the laboratory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Lectures are delivered in two modes: face-to-face and online (pre-recorded). Students can choose the mode that suits them."

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Tutorials are delivered in two modes: face-to-face and online. Students can choose the mode that suits them. "

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Practicals are delivered in two modes: face-to-face and online (videos of practical competencies). Students can choose the mode that suits them."

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Two 8.0 hours practical per study period on weekends during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Two days of practical workshops during semester Practical workshops: all students attend"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Practical unstructured online class: Practicals are delivered in two modes: face-to-face and online (videos of practical competencies). Students can choose the mode that suits them. "

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two formal lab reports based on teamwork tasks completed in practical classes (500 words each)20 03, 06
Tutorial Questions (6 during semester) (1000 words equivalent total)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One mid-semester written examination (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One end-of-semester written examination (1200-word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05