MOLECULES, GENES AND CELLS

BIO1MGC

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Living organisms, with their many intricate and intriguing processes, are composed of lifeless molecules. BIO1MGC takes a look at how those molecules are organised into the smallest unit of life, cells, across a range of organisms. BIO1MGC also covers how those cells capture light energy, break down molecules to release energy, synthesise new molecules, communicate with other cells, and how the instructions to perform those functions are stored and passed on to the next generation.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BIO1OF

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsShould be Campbell Biology 11th edn: Australian and New Zealand version (2018)PrescribedUrry et al. (2018)Pearson

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and distinguish the features of prokaryotic and eukaryotic (i.e. plant and animal) cells, and explain the function of organelles.

Activities:
lectures, interactive workshops, practical exercises, online activities, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Name the classes of biological molecules, describe their function in cellular processes, and describe and explain typical separation technologies for those molecules.

Activities:
lectures, interactive workshops, practical exercises, online activities, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Describe and explain basic cell biology processes, including energy metabolism (photosynthesis and cellular respiration), DNA replication, transcription and translation and their regulation, and cell signaling.

Activities:
lectures, interactive workshops, practical exercises, online activities, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Describe and explain Mendelian genetics and its role in inheritance.

Activities:
lectures, interactive workshops, practical exercises, online activities, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Apply critical laboratory skills such as microscopy and micro pipetting to complete scientific experiments that examine different aspects of cell biology.

Activities:
practical exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Locate and critically evaluate scientific information and effectively communicate scientific ideas in written and oral formats.

Activities:
practical exercises, online activities, oral presentation and written assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAleicia Holland

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.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to complete online activities (equivalent to 2 hours) prior to attending the workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2 hour end of semester exam (2,000-words equivalent)Multiple choice exam (100 questions), assessing mostly theory content and to a much smaller extent associated practical content.045 01, 02, 03, 04
In-prac (4 assessments) (700-words equivalent total)In four pracs students submit labelled diagrams/drawings, completed tables or answer sheets, and/or complete short multiple choice quizzes assessing prac-related content and concepts. Assessment for each prac is worth 4% for a total of 16%.016 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Four module-related online quizzes (550-words equivalent total)Students are expected to complete 4 online self-guided activities (time requirement approximately 2 hours) and participate in a 1 hour face-to-face workshop before attempting the associated online multiple choice quiz. Each quiz is worth 3% for a total of 12%.012 01, 02, 03, 04
5 min oral presentation (400-words equivalent)The oral presentation covers one of three topics randomly assigned to students. Each student individually presents to a small group of up to 3 students and demonstrator.009 01, 02, 03, 06
2 practice reports (850 words equivalent)Students submit prac reports on two of the six pracs offered during the semester (actual pracs to be determined). Each report is worth 9% for a total of 18%.018 01, 02, 03, 06

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

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.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to complete online activities (equivalent to 2 hours) prior to attending the workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2 hour end of semester exam (2,000-words equivalent)Multiple choice exam (100 questions), assessing mostly theory content and to a much smaller extent associated practical content.45 01, 02, 03, 04
In-prac (6 assessments) (1050-words equivalent total)Students submit labelled diagrams/drawings, completed tables or answer sheets, and/or complete short multiple choice quizzes assessing prac-related content and concepts. Assessment for each prac is worth 4% for a total of 24%.24 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Four module-related online quizzes (550-words equivalent total)Students are expected to complete 4 online self-guided activities (time requirement approximately 2 hours) and participate in a 1 hour face-to-face workshop before attempting the associated online multiple choice quiz. Each quiz is worth 3% for a total of 12%.12 01, 02, 03, 04
5 min oral presentation (400-words equivalent)The oral presentation covers one of three topics randomly assigned to students. Each student individually presents to a small group of up to 3 students and demonstrator.9 01, 02, 03, 06
Essay (500 words)Each student completes an essay on the same topic as their oral presentation.10 01, 02, 03, 06