BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Multi-mode Semester 1 Albany Multi-mode
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 1 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science major sequences
- Level 1 option in the Physiology; Microbiology and Immunology; Genetics major sequences
- Level 1 complementary unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Neuroscience major sequences
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 1 additional unit in the Neuroscience second major sequence
- Level 1 elective
- This unit explores the origins and definitions of life, and the processes that led to today's incredibly diverse array of organisms, from viruses to vertebrates. Unifying patterns and concepts are demonstrated, such as the structure and function of cells, how cells reproduce, how traits particular to a species are passed to new generations, and how the inheritance of DNA is the basis of evolution and the formation of species. The unit appeals to students wishing to begin their training as a biological scientist and who are interested in learning about topics that are challenging and fascinating our leading researchers.
- Students are able to (1) become familiar with and can recall—(a) the current understanding of the origins and diversity of life; (b) the organisation and basic functioning of cells; and (c) basic evolutionary and genetic principles; (2) demonstrate the principles of experimental design and analysis through simple laboratory experiments and assignments; (3) work cooperatively in pairs and in teams in laboratory classes, showing proficiency in the handling of biological material and in the use of equipment in a safe and responsible manner; and (4) demonstrate critical thinking through practical laboratory assessments and assignments.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes; (2) practical assessments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the online quizzes, practical assessments, and a final examination components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of at least 45 to 49 overall as well as a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit
and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Guijun Yan and Dr Jan Hemmi
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 or 3 hours per week; practicals: up to 3 hours per week (9 per semester)
- Unit Outline
Knox et al. Biology: an Australian Focus, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill 2014
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.