Biology principles are foundational to understanding both ourselves and our interactions with the world around us. This course enables you to acquire fundamental knowledge in the principles of biology to support your study in undergraduate science.
|Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with VLM (Video Learning Materials) of 40 to 60 minutes duration on a weekly basis. In addition, there may be related activities based on this content.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorials are delivered face to face at the nominated campus locations.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with the video learning materials, tutorials and completing the assessment tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the course modules, workbook readings, activities, and other resources. For independent study, 7 to 10 hours a week is recommended.||7hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Life’s raw ingredients, cell types, domains and kingdoms
Water: the molecule that supports all life
Cell structures and their functions
Cell membrane structure and membrane transport
Human digestive system
Evolution, classification and basic ecological concepts
Energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Characterise the key features of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the domains and kingdoms||Knowledgeable|
|2||Explain how the chemical structure of water results in its four emergent properties||Knowledgeable|
|3||Identify macromolecules, describe their key characteristics and provide examples.||Knowledgeable|
|4||Describe the structure of eukaryotic cells, naming the organelles and recalling their function||Knowledgeable|
|5||Describe cell membrane structure and the types of transport across the cell membrane||Knowledgeable|
|6||Recognise the role of prokaryotes in health, disease and ecosystems||
|7||Identify the structures of the human digestive system and describe their function||
|8||Outline the fundamental ideas in evolution theory and key themes in biology.||Knowledgeable|
|9||Define basic ecological concepts and outline energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems||
|10||Comprehend and effectively communicate scientific biological information||
Creative and critical thinker
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Students must be enrolled in Program UC103
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
The first two worksheets in your UCC109 Biology Course Workbook will be discussed in peer groups in your tutorial. This peer group work and the feedback from your tutor will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your learning and study skills. Support with your learning is available in the weekly consultation sessions as communicated on Canvas or with your tutor.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1a||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||10%||
|Week 4||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All||1b||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||30%||
|Week 9||Online Test (Quiz)|
+/- 500 words
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Week 13||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All - Assessment Task 1a:Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, domains and kingdoms, water|
To demonstrate your knowledge on prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, domains, kingdoms and water.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
This online exam is composed of multiple choice, short answer and true or false questions. It has a duration of 45 minutes and weighting of 10%.
|All - Assessment Task 1b:Macromolecules and Cells|
To demonstrate your knowledge of macromolecules and cell structure and organelles.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
This online exam is composed of multiple choice, short answer and true or false questions. It has a weighting of 30% and duration of 1 hour.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Short response assignment|
To develop your skills in reading and understanding scientific journal articles in addition to summarising and communicating the key information in response to provided questions.
Summarise the key information of two provided scientific journal articles in response to provided questions.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Cell membrane and membrane transport, prokaryotes, human digestive system, evolution, classification,ecological concepts and nutrient cycling.|
To recall and integrate your knowledge of the topics presented throughout the course.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
This online exam is composed of multiple choice, short answers and true or false questions. It has a weighting of 40% and duration of 2 hours.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
No specific requirements
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