6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
A study of the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities; responses of organisms to environmental conditions; interactions between plants and animals; environmental genetics and microbiology; management of biological resources; and an introduction to ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. As forthe unit is structured to encourage self-paced learning with considerable feedback on individual performance.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biology by articulating the methods of biology and explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry;
- Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary concepts and processes, aspects of the evolution of the Australian biota, the nature of biogeochemical cycles, and human impacts on the biosphere;
- Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to biology by applying practical techniques and tools to conduct an investigation in the laboratory, field or virtual environment;
- Demonstrate competency in designing experiments, gathering data and analysing and presenting summative data in meaningful and accurate ways;
- Communicate scientific principles and information underlying biology-related topics in written or oral formats and using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;
- Work and learn independently and collaboratively while exercising personal, professional and social responsibility that recognises the importance of practicing science sustainably, ethically and safely.
Examinations (2 hours): 50%
Practical work: 50%
- Two 1-hour lectures
- One hour of set reading and quizzes, and one 3-hour practical or equivalent online activities
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