BIOSCI 107 : Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
This course provides an introduction to human biology with particular emphasis on the cellular basis of form and function. Cellular components and processes of blood, neural, muscular, developmental, immune and supporting systems will be discussed. The course focuses primarily on processes relevant in humans, however, the fundamental nature of the topics covered is of much wider relevance, and the course is recommended for anyone interested in biology.
Laboratories – There are five lab sessions which provide students with practical laboratory skills in an experimental context. The lab sessions complement the concepts learnt in the lectures. Students complete a short online quiz prior to the lab and an assignment is submitted at the end of each lab. Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 are covered in laboratories
Online quizzes – There are quizzes to be completed at the end of each lecture topic. These are available throughout the entire lecture topic, and provide students with an opportunity to assess their understanding of the theoretical content. Learning Outcomes 1,2 are covered in quizzes
Test and Exam - The test is ninety minutes long and consists of multi-choice questions. The exam is two hours long and consists of multi-choice questions. Learning Outcomes 1,2 are covered in the test and exam
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Identify and describe the structure and function of human cells and tissues. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
- Understand and describe the cellular processes that enable human cells to perform required functions. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
- Use and apply practical laboratory equipment correctly to collect experimental data. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Critically evaluate experimental data, presenting findings clearly and logically. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Participate in group discussions, communicating effectively and logically. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
|Laboratories||20%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
Students are required to pass BOTH the theory and practical components of the course.
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect ~35 hours of lectures, 15 hours of laboratories, with the remaining ~70 hours spent reading and thinking about the content, and working on assignments and/or test preparation.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
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You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
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Student Charter and Responsibilities
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