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 2019 (On-campus)
This unit explores the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities. Students will examine the 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. Students will undertake self-directed learning through the online environment. These online activities, readings and instructional videos will be complemented by face-to-face workshops where they will collaborate with peers and teaching staff to deepen their understanding of the biological concepts introduced each week. Students will gain hands-on experience and develop experimental and analytical skills in the laboratory environment. This unit is ideally paired withand/or .
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- 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;
- Formulate hypotheses, collect experimental data and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting your own results;
- Demonstrate proficiency in communicating biological results through a range of formats (written, oral, multimedia);
- Self-evaluate and reflect upon the development of teamwork and communication skills;
- Apply practical techniques and tools to conduct an investigation in the laboratory, field or virtual environment;
- Work and learn independently and collaboratively while exercising personal, professional and social responsibility that recognises the importance of practising science sustainably, ethically and safely in society.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Continuous assignments comprising laboratory classes and reports: 50% (Hurdle)
Hurdle requirement: Students must attend at least 80% of workshops and laboratory classes to be eligible to pass this unit.
- One 1-hour workshop
- 1.5 - 2 hours online activities per week
- 3-hour weekly laboratory classes
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