CQUniversity Unit Profile
BIOL12112 Animal and Plant Physiology
Animal and Plant Physiology
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General Information

Overview

In Animal and Plant Physiology you will study the basic functioning of plants and animals. You will explore a number of major themes in biology including the integral relationship between structure and function, the maintenance of homeostasis and the principles of evolution and adaptation. You will examine major functions of living organisms such as locomotion, nutrition, respiration, circulation and reproduction. In the practical component you will gain hands-on experience of relevant laboratory and field procedures.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisitesBIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory and ENVR11014 Environmental Monitoring

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Lecturer

Feedback

Moodle navigation could be improved.

Recommendation

Better organize the moodle site to better indicate readings and when quizzes are due.

Feedback from Student

Feedback

Slides and lectures very thorough and well laid out. Lots of content to go over each week but always manage to make it not seem like too much info at once. Fortnightly quizzes help with the continuation of learning and very useful.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator will continue to improve lectures by adding relevant, timely and engaging content. Fortnightly quizzes will continue.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the function of the major organ systems in plants and animals
  2. Discuss the relationship between the structure and function of living organisms
  3. Apply the concepts of homeostasis to various organ systems in plants and animals
  4. Discuss the evolution and adaptation of plant and animal function in relation to the environment
  5. Perform a range of practical procedures in the laboratory and the field relating to the physiology of plants and animals.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 0%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Campbell Biology: Australian and New Zealand Version 11th edn (2017)

Authors: Reece, J
Pearson Australia
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781488613715
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Nathan Brooks-English Unit Coordinator
n.english@cqu.edu.au
Andrew Irving Unit Coordinator
a.irving@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

General Concepts in Functional Biology

Chapter

Study Guide Week 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Genetics and reproduction

Chapter

Study Guide Week 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Development and dispersal

Chapter

Study Guide Week 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz A closes (Monday 8AM AEST)
Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Energy and Metabolism

Chapter

Study Guide Week 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Nutrition and digestion

Chapter

Study Guide Week 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz B closes (Monday 8AM AEST)
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Lecture Recess

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Nutrients, Water and Waste

Chapter

Study Guide Week 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

No lectures

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz C closes (Monday 8AM AEST)

Residential School/Block Practicals in Rockhampton April 27-29 (8:00AM AEST Tuesday – 5:00PM AEST Thursday)

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Circulation and Gas Exchange

Chapter

Study Guide Week 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Practical Quizzes Due: Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Defence and Protection

Chapter

Study Guide Week 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Locomotion

Chapter

Study Guide Week 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz D closes (Monday 8AM AEST)
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Signalling and Coordination

Chapter

Study Guide Week 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Research Report: Wicked Problems in Animal and Plant Physiology Due: Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Ecophysiology and Unit Review

Chapter

Study Guide Week 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theory Quiz E closes (Monday 8AM AEST)
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

End of Term Online Quiz Due: Exam Week Monday (14 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Theory Quizzes

Task Description

Online Theory Quizzes are based on lecture and study material (so please revise the lecture and reading material associated with the weeks covered by the quiz).

For ALL students, the Online Theory Quizzes open the Friday after the weeks covered in the quiz (e.g. Theory Quiz A covers material in Weeks 1 and 2 and so opens on Friday in Week 2) and is open for 1 week + 1 weekend.

You have 30 minutes to complete each Online Theory Quiz; make sure to submit your answers within the 30 minutes.

You can attempt each quiz a second time, but there is a 60 minute enforced delay between attempts and your highest score of the attempt/s will be the score recorded. You must make the attempt while the quiz is open.

Questions are true/false, multiple choice, mix-and-match and other formats. Because the questions are drawn at random from a question bank, you will most likely receive different questions if you make a second attempt, and you will likely receive different questions from your peers. You may not share your quiz questions with other students as this may disadvantage other students and it will be considered academic misconduct.


Number of Quizzes

5


Frequency of Quizzes

Fortnightly


Assessment Due Date

Return Date to Students

Once per fortnight on completion of the quiz.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50% of available marks averaged over all five quizzes.

Assessment Criteria

Correctness of answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the function of the major organ systems in plants and animals
  • Perform a range of practical procedures in the laboratory and the field relating to the physiology of plants and animals.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Online Practical Quizzes

Task Description

After completing Practicals 1-6 at the Residential School/Block Practical in Rockhampton, you will be required to undertake 6 ten-minute, multiple choice Online Practical Quizzes on Moodle.

You have 10 minutes to complete each Online Practical Quiz; make sure to submit your answers within the 10 minutes.

You can attempt each Online Practical Quiz a second time, but there is a 60 minute enforced delay between attempts and your highest score of the attempt/s will be the score recorded. You must make the attempt while the quiz is open. 50% is the minimum score for a passing mark on each quiz. You must pass 5 out of the 6 quizzes to receive a passing mark on this assessment.

Questions are true/false, multiple choice, mix-and-match and other formats. Because the questions are drawn at random from a question bank, you will most likely receive different questions if you make a second attempt, and you will likely receive different questions from your peers. You may not share your quiz questions with other students as this may disadvantage other students and it will be considered academic misconduct.

Students must attend the Residential School/Block Practicals before attempting the Online Practical Quizzes.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Monday (10 May 2021)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
50% is the minimum score for a passing mark on each quiz. You must pass 5 out of the 6 quizzes to receive a passing mark on the whole assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Correctness of the answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform a range of practical procedures in the laboratory and the field relating to the physiology of plants and animals.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Work

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Research Report: Wicked Problems in Animal and Plant Physiology

Task Description

The Research Report: Wicked Problems in Animal and Plant Physiology is an opportunity to apply your learning to emerging problems in animal and plant physiology. You will be provided four questions; 2 questions related to plants and their environment, and 2 questions related to animals and their environment. The questions will consist of an animal or plant system and a scenario that impacts that animal or plant system. The question will ask you to critically analyze, describe and communicate the impact of the provided scenario on that animal's or plant's physiology citing the articles provided as well as other relevant research materials (e.g. journal articles, government reports, books, etc) obtained by you. You will pick one plant and one animal question to research and respond to the question (800 words per question (±80 words in the main text). More details and the question choices will be provided on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 June 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

A comprehensive assessment criteria sheet and marked exemplar are available on Moodle.

Students will be assessed on:

  1. Information literacy (finding and using resources and references appropriate to the subject matter)
  2. Problem solving (your ability to predict likely physiological responses)
  3. Critical thinking (your ability to successfully apply your knowledge of Animal and Plant physiology to animal and plant systems and their environmental context).
  4. Communication (your ability to write using grammatically correct, clear and concise Australian English and to demonstrate your ability to adhere to discipline-specific academic conventions such as biological nomenclature and citations).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students are required to submit their assessment online as one MS Word document, including all figures, tables and references.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the relationship between the structure and function of living organisms
  • Apply the concepts of homeostasis to various organ systems in plants and animals
  • Discuss the evolution and adaptation of plant and animal function in relation to the environment


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy

4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
End of Term Online Quiz

Task Description

You will only get one attempt to complete the End of Term Online Quiz (ie Exam) and have 90 minutes to complete it once you start. The quiz is worth 75 marks, and the marks are divided in the following manner:

  • 5 Sections and each section has one 1 mark question, one 4 mark question, and one 10 mark question (15 marks per section, 75 marks total).

The questions in each section are selected from a question bank and are balanced for difficulty and type. The marks are a relative guide to how long is required to answer each question (1 mark ~ 1 minute). For each question, type your answer in the box provided. It is an open book quiz, but your answers must be your own work, I will be checking answers against answers available in textbooks or on Google/Reddit/Duck Duck Go/etc. Spelling and grammar are not my primary concern in marking (you won't lose marks for misspelling or poor punctuation), but you will not get full marks if your ideas are hindered or obscured by poor spelling/grammar.

Some questions ask you to submit a hand-drawn sketch with your answer. Before beginning the quiz, you must have a digital camera/smart phone to take pictures with and a means to upload the images to moodle from that camera before the quiz attempt ends. Please confirm that you can transfer pictures from your camera or phone to your computer before you begin. If you need to, you may email photos of your drawings to me at n.english@cqu.edu.au. Please write your initials and the question # on the drawing and email them within the time you are taking the quiz.

The quiz date and time will be announced in an email and on Moodle in Term 1.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Monday (14 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (14 June 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Correctness of answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the function of the major organ systems in plants and animals
  • Discuss the relationship between the structure and function of living organisms
  • Apply the concepts of homeostasis to various organ systems in plants and animals
  • Discuss the evolution and adaptation of plant and animal function in relation to the environment


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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