- Class Number 6314
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Juliey Beckman
- Prof Celeste Linde
- Prof Dave Rowell
- Dr Juliey Beckman
- EmPr Marilyn Ball
- Owen Atkin
- Prof Scott Keogh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
Welcome to the fields of botany and zoology. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the biodiversity of plants, animals and fungi. Students are given a solid grounding in the vast diversity of multicellular organisms and their evolutionary lineages. Biol1009 is an essential prerequisite for students wishing to pursue plant and/or animal sciences. It is also an excellent, engaging, "free standing" course for those studying in other areas of science, or in non-science degrees. The lecture component focuses on the fundamentals of plant and animal structure and the evolution of complexity. It also addresses current research issues such as responses of plant species and populations to climate change. Each practical class is designed to provide our students with an opportunity for hands-on learning about key features of structure and function in a range of animal and plant taxa.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Gain skills necessary to recognise taxonomically distinct lineages of living organisms.
- Be able to identify relationships between structure and function.
- Be able to describe the evolutionary history of various living animals and plants.
The lecturers are all top researchers in the topic they teach and draw on their own plus other cutting edge research during their teaching in this course. Students are given the opportunity to experience enquiry-oriented learning during the practical classes, providing an introduction to active participation in research.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
The Practical Manual will be made availble in the course wattle site prior to the first scheduled practical class in order for you to print it to bring to every class. You must print and bring the hard copy because electronic devices cannot be used during the laboratory work. You will also need to wear a lab coat, shoes that fully cover your feet and for some pracs safety glasses will be required.
Reece et al.’s Campbell's Biology latest Edition: Australian Version is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (It is also the prescribed textbook for BIOL1003 and BIOL1004). You will have a very hard time in the course without accessing a text book and if you are interested in continuing in Biology, you will also find it useful in future years. PLEASE NOTE: that there will be some copies available for short term loan from Hancock library.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will receive feedback in the forms of written comments, verbal comments, answers to questions, feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals and groups.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Students will be guided on referencing in the class room and through help documents made available through wattle if applicable. Biol1009 uses the Harvard style of referencing and using citations
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture days/times: Mon 12-1pm, Thurs 9am-10am and Friday 9am-10am Lectures take place in every week of semester at the RN Robertson Lecture Theatre 46E, or live over zoom (lecturers may choose differing delivery types) Your practical classes will run be held on: Tues 2-5pm, Wed 2-5pm or Thur 2-5pm in the Gould labs (B116) and/or ground floor labs in the Science Teaching and Learning Building (B136) (check timetable for the venue for each). You must sign yourself up for one of these prac slots (see sign up options on the Biol1009 front page of the wattle site) and then always come to your nominated prac time. Students must keep to their day of choice because there is a limit on student numbers, equipment and samples for each practical slot. If you have any problems with attendance contact the course coordinator as soon as possible (best before the scheduled prac). We are sure you will learn a lot from this course and we hope you enjoy the journey with us. Please note Lecture topics are general content guidelines only Week 1 - week start date (Mon Jul 26th) Lecture Topics: Mon: Evolution and Systematics (SK) Thurs: Selected Invertebrate Phyla (DR) Fri: Selected Invertebrate Phyla (DR) Prac class: Sign up in wattle for an afternoon class: choice of Tues or Wed or Thurs, or remote (Tuesday 2pm via zoom) for those who cannot get to campus||PRACTICAL CLASSES ARE COMPULSORY The schedule for each of the compulsory classes for the course is shown below Please note that practical classes will be held in two different labs throughout semester.|
|2||Week 2 - week start date (Mon Aug 2nd) Lecture Topic: Selected Invertebrate Phyla (DR) Prac class: No prac class|
|3||Week 3 - week start date (Mon Aug 9th) Lecture Topic: Selected Invertebrate Phyla (DR) Prac class: Microscopy and small organisms Laboratory Rm 107, Ground Floor Gould Building B116: 2-5pm||Prac attendance is compulsory. Assessment task due.|
|4||Week 4 - week start date (Mon Aug 16th) Lecture Topic: Vertebrates (SK) Prac class: No prac class|
|5||Week 5 - week start date (Mon Aug 23rd) Lecture Topic: Vertebrates (SK) Prac class: Invertebrate dissection (Snail) Laboratory Rm 107, Ground Floor Gould Building B116: 2-5pm||Prac attendance is compulsory. Assessment task due.|
|6||Week 6 - week start date (Mon Aug 30th) Lecture Topic: Vertebrates (SK) Prac class: Vertebrate dissection (Fish) Room T3: Ground Floor Science Teaching and Learning Building B136: 2-5pm||Prac attendance is compulsory. Assessment task due.|
|7||Week 7 - week start date (Mon Sept 20th) Lecture Topic: Plant Diversity (MB) Prac class: No prac class||Mid semester exam proposed for this week but date/time TBA by the examinations office|
|8||Week 8 - week start date (Mon Sept 30th) Lecture Topic: Plant Diversity (MB) Prac class: Plant Diversity Laboratory Rm 107, Ground Floor Gould Building B116: 2-5pm||Prac attendance is compulsory. Assessment task due.|
|9||Week 9 - week start date (Tues Oct 5th) Lecture Topic: Plant Diversity (MB) Prac class: No prac class|
|10||Week 10 - week start date (Mon Oct 11th) Lecture Topic: Plants in a changing world (OA) Prac class: Plant physiology and function Laboratory Rm 107, Ground Floor Gould Building B116: 2-5pm||Prac attendance is compulsory. Assessment task due.|
|11||Week 11 - week start date (Mon Oct 18th) Lecture Topic: Plants in a changing world (OA) Prac class: No prac class|
|12||Week 12 - week start date (Mon Oct 25th) Lecture Topics: Plants in a changing world (OA) Introduction to Fungi (CL - on Friday 29th Oct) Prac class: No prac class|
Register on wattle
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assessment tasks (x5)||30 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Mid Semester exam||35 %||30/08/2021||24/09/2021||1,2,3|
|End of Semester exam||35 %||04/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
In-semester assessments take place during each class and each practical class is compulsory. If you do not sit the assessment task, you will not get any marks for that practical. Prac attendance is a compulsory requirement and therefore a hurdle for passing this course (and also a requirement for being able to sit each assessment). Therefore you must attend them (talk to the convener urgently if you miss any due to illness or other reasons).
The two exams (mid- and end of semester) are worth 35% each. The pass mark for the course (assignments and exams) is 50%. Students must obtain at least 40% in their combined exam marks to pass the course. Students who gain a mark over 50 overall but gain less than 40% in the exams (combined) will fail the course or be offered a supplementary exam (depending on their final score - see the rules for Supplementary exams under ANU Policies)
To pass the course you must:
- Submit the assessments which are only available during each practical. There are 5 assessments across the semester - each is worth 6% (= 30% total contribution towards the final grade percentage)
- Get a mark of > 40% for the combined exam marks.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate time frame in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Assessment tasks (x5)
An assessment task is to be sat at the completion of each of 5 practicals in 2021 as described at the end of the prac notes for each class (each assessment is worth 6% of your total mark). You will be advised at the start of each prac of the details for each assessment task. If it’s a quiz, it will commence at around 4.40pm and take approximately 15 minutes. No early quizzes are allowed and they cannot be rescheduled to another time/day. If you do not sit the assessment task, you will not get any marks for that practical. Prac attendance is a compulsory requirement for passing this course (and also a requirement for being able to sit each assessment). Therefore you must attend them. An equivalent procedure will be made available for students who can only attend remotely.
Due: Usually on the day of practical attendance
Returned: Next class
There are 5 tasks due over the semester. It is intended that the marked tasks will be returned within 2 weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Mid Semester exam
Theory exam on sections of course that are covered prior to the semester break. It will be a mixture of short answer and multiple-choice questions.
Due: Midsemester exam period
Returned: As soon as the whole classes exams can be marked (usually within 3 weeks from sitting it)
Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time, style and location of the mid semester exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
End of Semester exam
Theory exam on sections of course that are covered after the semester break. It will be a mixture of short answer and multiple-choice questions.
Due: End of semester exam period
Returned: When semester grades are released
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time, style and location exam.
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Hard Copy Submission: will usually be submitted before leaving the class
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Student work will be returned during classes or can be collected from Juliey or the RSB Teaching and Learning counter as advised (check with Juliey first). Electronic submissions will be made available through wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Ecology, reproduction, evolutionary biology
Dr Juliey Beckman
Prof Celeste Linde
Prof Dave Rowell
Dr Juliey Beckman
EmPr Marilyn Ball