LIVING SYSTEMS 1

SCI1LS1

2015

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- and field-based 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-ordinatorPeter Sale

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
ReadingsChemsitry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityRecommendedMahaffy, Peter G, Tasker, R, Bucat B & Kotz, J 2011NELSON EDUCATION LIMITED
ReadingsEssential chemistry: a core text for general chemistryRecommendedCheng, R 20085TH EDN, MC GRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION, BOSTON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)

02. Compare the properties and significance of important biological compounds

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Explain the concept of acids and bases and there importance in biological systems

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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

Activities:
Workshops introducing concepts and principles and laboratory classes testing and examining theoretical knowledge, practical classes and laboratory reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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 face-to-face.
"Tutorial and Laboratory Class in 3 hour block."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Formal laboratory reports (2 x 500 words)20 06
Tutorial Questions (6 during semester)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written Exams (mid-semester 25%, end of semester 30%)55 01, 02, 03, 04, 05