ORGANISATION AND FUNCTION OF CELLS AND ORGANISMS

BIO1OF

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you 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. 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).

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 conditions Laboratory equipment to purchase: dissecting kit, labcoat, safety glasses. The BIO1OF practical manual and First Year Biology Survival Guide (preferably the latest edition) are required for the first laboratory session and are available at the University bookshop or on library closed reserve.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiology: an Australian focusPrescribedLadiges, P, Evans, B, Saint, R and Knox, R 20104TH ED, MC GRAW-HILL, AUSTRALIA
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (latest edition)PrescribedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Mid-semester exam and end-of-semester exam MCQs: assess ability to distinguish Practical quizzes (based on laboratory session content): assess ability to distinguish. Group learning tasks (Melb & AW) and a short review essay (AW) assess ability to distinguish, describe and discuss, and writing capability.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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

Activities:
Mid-semester exam and end-of-semester exam MCQs: assess ability to distinguish. Practical quizzes (based on laboratory session content): assess ability to distinguish. Group learning tasks (Melb & AW) and a short review essay (AW) assess ability to distinguish, describe and discuss, and speaking and writing capabilities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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

Activities:
End-of-semester exam MCQs :assess ability to distinguish Written question - answer practical exercises (including some basic calculations)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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

Activities:
Practical quizzes (based on laboratory session content): assess ability to interpret, recognize and identify.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Read, analyse and summarise a paper of scientific nature, and communicate the findings to peers and supervisors.

Activities:
Inquiry/research and writing assessed by Group learning tasks (oral presentation and written report). Speaking assessed by demonstrators and peers in Group Learning tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Singapore, 2016, Week 12-16, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 12 - 16
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures or Interactive Online Activities per teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online."

Practical Week: 12 - 16
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Lab-Based Practical Class per teaching period delivered face-to-face or as Directed Online Learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group learning/essay writing tasks10 01, 02, 05
Online pre-prac quizzes, short quizzes in lab session and/or assessment of tasks performed in pracsHurdle requirement: missing more than 3 pracs without relevant documentation (e.g. medical certificate) will result in a grade of "N" (fail).30 01, 02, 04
one 1-hour mid-semester examination20 01, 02
one 2-hour end-of-semester examination40 01, 02, 03

Singapore, 2016, Week 37-43, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 37 - 43
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures or Interactive Online Activities per teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online."

Practical Week: 37 - 43
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Lab-Based Practical Class per teaching period delivered face-to-face or as Directed Online Learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group learning/essay writing tasks10 01, 02, 05
Online pre-prac quizzes, short quizzes in lab session and/or assessment of tasks performed in pracsHurdle requirement: missing more than 3 pracs without relevant documentation (e.g. medical certificate) will result in a grade of "N" (fail).30 01, 02, 04
one 1-hour mid-semester examination20 01, 02
one 2-hour end-of-semester examination40 01, 02, 03

Singapore, 2016, Week 12-16, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 12 - 16
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures or Interactive Online Activities per teaching period delivered via face-to-face or online."

Practical Week: 12 - 16
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Lab-Based Practical Class per teaching period delivered face-to-face or as Directed Online Learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group learning/essay writing tasks10 01, 02, 05
Online pre-prac quizzes, short quizzes in lab session and/or assessment of tasks performed in pracsHurdle requirement: missing more than 3 pracs without relevant documentation (e.g. medical certificate) will result in a grade of "N" (fail).30 01, 02, 04
one 1-hour mid-semester examination20 01, 02
one 2-hour end-of-semester examination40 01, 02, 03