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Semester 1

Biology 1A: Variation (BILG08020)

Subject

Biology

College

SCE

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

1

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Course Summary

The course covers several major concepts including heredity, mutation, evolution, animal and plant diversity, form and function. Within this context, students will be trained in the scientific method, basic experimental design, data interpretation, presentation and statistics. The structure of the course is also designed to assist students in the transition to University.

Course Description

The course covers several major concepts: The genetic basis of heredity, the link between genotype and phenotype, mutation as the source of variation. Evolution and natural selection, the maintenance of variation, species and speciation, the Tree of Life, animal and plant diversity, form and function. Within this context students will be trained in the scientific method, basic experimental design, data interpretation, presentation and statistics. The structure of the course is designed to assist students in the transition to University and allow students to develop a questioning approach to their studies and to take ownership of their learning. The weekly workshops will also contain activities to support community building, compassionate values and good mental health and wellbeing.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 25%, Coursework 55%, Practical Exam 20%

Additional Assessment Information

- Portfolio: 25% (pass/fail)- Online quizzes: 30%- Lab report: 20%- Open book exam: 25%To pass the course, the ICA must be passed (40%), the portfolio must be passed (pass/fail) and the exam must be passed (40%).

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