• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andras Keszei
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course aims to introduce some of the major concepts in the study of life, focussing on evolutionary and ecological questions. It assumes no previous qualifications in biology and, while this course is an important prerequisite for those majoring in biology, it is also designed for students not intending further study in biology. The program consists of five modules, as follows.

(a) Molecular Genetics – organisation and replication of genetic material; the mechanism and control of transcription and translation.

(b) Genetics of Inheritance - Chromosomes and cell division; patterns of inheritance and sex determination; population genetics.

(c) Evolution - diversity and classification of life; evidence for evolution; natural selection and adaptation; speciation; evolutionary trees.

(d) Ecology - regulation and exploitation of populations; ecosystem energy and nutrient flow; species interactions; biodiversity; human impacts.

(e) Behavioural Ecology - evolutionary approach to studying animal behaviour; social behaviour; cooperation and altruism; sexual selection; mating systems; communication.

Specific topics may differ from year to year. There will be laboratory and field practicals as well as tutorials to allow students to gain the basic skills needed to engage with the main topics.


Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor, Honours Pathway students will be required to demonstrate greater depth in the philosophy and practice of measurement and analysis in the environmental and/or social sciences. This understanding will be facilitated in a small research project conducted under direct supervision of the convenor. Honours Pathway students can expect to attend an average of one additional one-hour tutorial session each fortnight and submit a written report or oral presentation focusing on interdisciplinary comparative techniques (10% of overall assessment).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the processes of evolution, including natural selection, adaptation and speciation, genetics, including DNA structure and function, cell replication, heritability and population genetics; ecology, including biomes, species diversity, extinction, population ecology and life-history; behavioural ecology, and how it uses an evolutionary, genetic and ecological framework to study animal behaviour.
  2. Reference scientific papers, present scientific data and develop directional hypotheses.
  3. Perform basic biological manipulation and sample handling techniques.
  4. Apply knowledge of experimental limitations to interpret unreliable data and communicate the results.
  5. Make and interpret structured observations to draw conclusions about complex interactions.
  6. Broadly understand how biological knowledge is developed, and apply this framework to critically engage with new biological scenarios.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester examination (28) [LO 1,5,6]
  2. Final examination (38) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  3. Practical Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Quizzes (14) [LO 1,4,5,6]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face components which will consist of approximately 35 x 1 hour lectures per semester (35 hours total) and approximately 20 hours of tutorials/workshops/labs throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 75 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks. 

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined.

Prescribed Texts

Campbell, Reece and Meyers — Biology 11th Edition Australian Version, or latest edition. PLEASE NOTE: the text available at the ANU Co-Op Bookshop contains an access code for Mastering Biology software that will give you access to supplementary support.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3658 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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