CQUniversity Unit Profile
BIOL40108 Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology
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General Information

Overview

This unit prepares students for university study in the environmental, biomedical or life sciences. Students will gain an introductory understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans. This unit covers a range of topics including cell theory, organ systems, genetics, taxonomy, ecology and environmental science.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

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 2 - 2020

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%

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 Unit evaluations

Feedback

More specific details in feedback from markers regarding some points in the essay.

Recommendation

Provide markers with updated feedback guidelines for each assessment.

Feedback from Unit evaluations

Feedback

Microphone picking up some background noises that are distracting.

Recommendation

Continue communications with Digital Services Directorate to improve the quality of sound recordings.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
  2. Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays
  3. Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

Unit modules are available online from the Introductory Biology Moodle site. These modules make up the study guide for this unit.

If you have Apple iBook, I recommend you download E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth. This is an excellent eBook and should be free to download (there are 7 chapters to download). This eBook is only available for Apple and is not available for Windows or Android.

IT Resources

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

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
David Vaughan Unit Coordinator
d.b.vaughan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1. Living things and systems of organisation

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 2. Biological molecules

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 3. The cell - the building block of life

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 Due: Week 3 Friday (31 July 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 4. Homeostasis and your essay on blood glucose regulation

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 5. Cell membranes

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 6. Genetics: DNA - structure and function

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 7. The cell cycle: Cell division - mitosis and meiosis

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 Due: Week 7 Monday (31 August 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 8. Cell differentiation and tissues

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Academic essay Due: Week 8 Monday (7 Sept 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 9. Organ systems: the skeletal system

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 10. Taxonomy and the diversity of life

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 Due: Week 10 Monday (21 September 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 11. Ecology

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Module 12. Environmental science and sustainability

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Written assessment: answers to questions (open book) Due: Week 12 Tuesday (6 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 4 Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (12 October 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

The unit coordinator for this term is:

David Vaughan, d.b.vaughan@cqu.edu.au, +61 7 4930 9680, Building 32/G.29, Rockhampton North campus.

All modules for this unit are online.

If you have Apple iBooks, I recommend you download the free eBook E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1 Online quizzes (open book)

Task Description

There are four (4) online quizzes to be completed in Moodle.

These quizzes contain multiple choice, matching and short answer questions that cover the content from each weekly module/topic. Each quiz is time limited to 1 hour for completion. Refer to your unit notes while completing the quiz, but do not search the internet for answers.

Quizzes become unavailable after the due date unless an extension has been granted.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Quiz 1 by Week 3 Friday (31 July 2020) at 11:45 AEST; Quiz 2 by Week 7 Monday (31 August 2020) at 11:45 pm AEST; Quiz 3 by Week 10 Monday (21 September 2020) at 11:45 pm AEST; Quiz 4 by Review/Exam Week Monday (12 October 2020) at 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Interim results are provided online immediately after completion and checked manually within 2 weeks


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Marks are given for correct answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
  • Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2 Academic essay

Task Description

Write an academic essay of 1500-2000 words to explain the biological concept of homeostasis using blood glucose homeostasis as an example. Illustrate your answer by referring to blood glucose homeostasis in the human body.

For details, read the Essay Writing Handbook for BIOL40108 in Moodle.

Requirements for your essay

  • Use a variety of quality academic resources, including journals, relevant to the topic.
  • Write in your own words, i.e., paraphrase/summarise the information from the sources rather than relying excessively on quotes or copying words.
  • Use Times New Roman in font size 11 or 12 and 1.5 line spacing.
  • Include a title page containing your name, student number, unit name and code, lecturer name, due date and your word count (excluding the title page and reference list).
  • Avoid using headings, dot points or numbered lists.
  • Write in complete sentences and paragraphs using clear, concise and correct English.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (7 Sept 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (28 Sept 2020)

Three weeks after due date or three weeks after submission if submitted after due date


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
35%

Assessment Criteria

The marking matrix (marking criteria) can be downloaded from the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit in DOC/DOCX file format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
  • Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3 Written assessment: answers to questions (open book)

Task Description

Provide short answers or write a short essay in response to set questions relating to the entire unit up to and including week 11 (open book). The questions will be available for download from Moodle near the end of the term (by Friday of week 10). Further details about when the questions are available will be published in Moodle near the end of the term.

To complete this assessment, you can refer to your unit materials as it is open book, but do not search the internet for answers.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Tuesday (6 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Tuesday (20 Oct 2020)

Two weeks after due date or two weeks after submission if submitted after due date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Marks are given for correct answers. The essay question will include a component based on communication skills. All written work should be presented using correct grammar and spelling in standard English. Marks will be deducted for answers copied from the internet.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit in PDF DOC/DOCX file format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
  • Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays
  • Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice

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.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?