UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-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
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Neuroscience second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
Content 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.
Outcomes 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.
Assessment 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 available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
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 Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL1130/SEM-1/2017
Text

Knox et al. Biology: an Australian Focus, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill 2014


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