BIOL40108 - Introductory Biology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.61% response rate.

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.

Source: 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.
Action Taken
Markers were provided with updated feedback guidelines at the beginning of each term. Markers responded adequately to these requests.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
The decision was made to use better personal, high quality sound hardware, rather than deliver lectures in the library Huddle Spaces where the problem persists.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
1) Many students enjoyed the unit, finding the experience fun, interesting, and relevant. Often students report enjoying the unit so much that they consider a biology-related career as a result.
Recommendation
1) Continue with current delivery, maintaining currency.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
2) The lectures contain a lot of content.
Recommendation
2) Split the Week 4 lecture on homeostasis and the requirements for Assessment 2 into two separate lectures, the first dealing with an understanding of homeostasis and the other on the details of the assessment. Brain breaks will continue to be used, brain based learning strategies taught, and drop-in sessions made available for follow-up. These will support student management of content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
3) The last question of Assessment 3 is a short essay-style opinion piece on sustainability which some students found unnecessary having written an assessment essay earlier in the unit.
Recommendation
3) Replace this opinion piece question with a continuation of summative quiz-style questions and incorporate this assessment as an online test in Moodle rather than a take-home open book test.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
4) Some students who have not completed the Essay Writing for University unit prior to this unit may find Assessment 2 challenging.
Recommendation
4) LNGE40049 (EWU) is recommended as a pre-requisite for this unit; however, individual support is provided for students who struggle with academic writing through drop-in sessions and online resource provision. Examples of resources include the unit's Essay Writing Handbook, and academic communication resources provided by CQUniversity's Academic Learning Centre.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
5) Students have found the lectures and drop-in sessions a friendly and interactive experience that support understanding. The wide range of resources available to students has received positive feedback.
Recommendation
5) Students will continue to be encouraged to participate in the learning community and the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment