BIOLOGY OF CELL AND ORGANISM

BIO1CO

2017

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. 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.  Occasional Question and Answer sessions also help re-enforce the lecture material, but also introduce new and interesting concepts and are used for in-class tests.  The practical component focuses on biological observation, recording skills and data interpretation, and introduces a number of biological disciplines (eg 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. 2017La Trobe University

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Final exam (MCQ, short and long answer questions) Mid semester tests (MCQ, short answer questions) Practical reports, group poster presentation, biological drawings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Final exam (MCQ, short and long answer questions, biological drawings, practical reports, group poster presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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:
Final exam (MCQ, short and long-answer questions), mid-semester test, practical reports, biological drawings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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:
Final exam, mid semester test (MCQ, short and long-answer questions), practical reports
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2017, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

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.

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.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination40 01, 02, 03, 04
Biological drawings and pre-prac quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One 50-min mid-semester test20 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (equivalent to 400 words each)20 01, 02, 04
One group e-poster (equivalent to 300 words per student)10 01, 02, 04