As this course is incompatible with BIOL2201, it will not be offered in 2017.
This course will introduce important ideas and issues in biology and examine how biology intersects with other disciplines, both scientific and non-scientific, such as philosophy and history. Major concepts such as evolution and the importance of biodiversity, and the impact of new biological approaches, such as genetic modification, will be discussed and debated. The importance of understanding how biology is carried out and how it is applied and communicated to other scientists and society, will be examined.
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss and critique discoveries of biological principles and processes and their contribution to modern technologies.
- Construct arguments about the nature of biological research and its impact on society.
- Evaluate the role of biology in our society and how it is applied to global problems such as biodiversity, climate change, medicine, and the use of GM foods and crops.
- Acquire, assess and communicate new information relating to new discoveries in biology or that involve biological principles and processes.
- Critical Thinking Pieces’ (3 submissions: 10% each = 30%, LO 2, 3, 4)
- Funding Proposal (15%, LO 3, 4)
- In class critical review activity (10%, LO 2, 4)
- Peer review Technology Essay (35%, LO 1, 3, 4)
- Course participation (10%, LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
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WorkloadUp to 65 contact hours per semester including two to three lectures per week, about six sessions of two-hour long debates and group work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4464||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person|