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Biology

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of Biology;
  • Recall specific knowledge and apply this in simple situations;
  • Apply complex reasoning processes to novel situations;
  • Appreciate the significance of Biology in modern society and understand appropriate attitudes and values;
  • Use the subject specific language skills required for tertiary study;
  • Demonstrate proficiency and safety in the use of laboratory and field study equipment.

Course outline

Semester One

Semester 1 first introduces students to the scientific process and the general biological principles that govern all living organisms. Concepts dealt with include the structure and function of cells, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, evolution and classification.

Semester Two

In Semester 2, the structure and function of the tissues, organs and organ systems in both flowering plants and humans are studied. This allows an appreciation of the complexity of organisms. Ecology, and the relationship of living organisms to their environment, is also examined. This includes the concepts of population distribution, biotic and abiotic factors and ecological succession. A field trip to Stradbroke Island is designed to emphasize and illustrate major habitats, life zones, and ecological principles. There is also a brief introduction to Animal Behaviour.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD204BIO01A Investigate biological science problems

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment 
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Internet Research Task

-

B

Laboratory Report

10%

-

Semester One Unit Tests (x3)

 7.5%

-

Homework

 2.5%

C

Semester One Examination

20%

 

Total

40%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

D

Seminar

 5%

E

Assignment

10%

F

Mid-Semester Examination (S2)

 7.5%

G

Field Report

10%

-

Homework

 2.5%

H

Semester Two Examination

25%

 

Total

60%