- Code BIOL6035
- Unit Value 6 units
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
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 the following modules:
(a) Evolution - diversity and classification of life; evidence for evolution; natural selection and adaptation; speciation; evolutionary trees.
(b) Molecular Genetics - organisation and replication of genetic material; the mechanism and control of transcription and translation.
(c) Genetics of Inheritance - Chromosomes and cell division; patterns of inheritance and sex determination; population genetics; human genetics.
(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.
(f) Quantitative Biology - DNA and Protein sequence manipulation, similarity analysis, alignment, nucleotide and protein sequence database search.
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.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- Reference scientific papers, present scientific data and develop directional hypotheses.
- Perform basic biological manipulation and sample handling techniques.
- Apply knowledge of experimental limitations to interpret unreliable data and communicate the results.
- Make and interpret structured observations to draw conclusions about complex interactions.
- Broadly understand how biological knowledge is developed, and apply this framework to critically engage with new biological scenarios.
- Manipulate and analyse biological sequences in silico using public sequence databases and analysis tools.
- Mid-semester examination (28) [LO 1,5,6]
- Final examination (38) [LO 1,4,5,6]
- Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Sequence analysis project (14) [LO 2,3,6,7]
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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.
Not yet determined.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsCampbell, Reece and Meyers Biology 11th Edition Australian Version. 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.
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