- Code BIOL6201
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Biology
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.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On 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 and evaluate arguments about the nature of biological research and its impact on society.
- Evaluate and debate 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.
- Present complex scientific techniques, their application and significance to their peers.
- Critical Thinking Pieces (3 submissions: 5%, 10%, 10% = 25%, LO 2, 3, 4)
- Funding Proposal (10%, LO 3, 4)
- In class critical review activity (10%, LO 2, 4)
- Peer review Technology Essay (35%, LO 1, 3, 4)
- Oral presentation (20%, LO 1, 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
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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