BIOS 0002 Focus on Biology (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700232

Coordinator Virginia Shepherd Opens in new window

Description Biology is the study of integrated living systems, from the level of molecular systems that constitute cells to the interactions that occur within and between organisms that together make up the biosphere. This unit will equip students to undertake tertiary level biological units that emphasise both the unity (cell biology) and diversity (evolution) of living organisms. Students will learn about the basic molecular biological underpinnings of cellular structure and function within an integrated framework that proceeds through major themes of bioenergetics, gas exchange and transport systems within multicellular organisms, inheritance and evolution. Students will develop a fundamental body of essential biological concepts, as well as build skills in collecting and analysing information, and writing coherent explanations.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects BIOS 0003 - Focus on Biology (WSTC) BIOS 0001 - Biology

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Conceptualise and describe fundamental properties of living systems.
  2. Recall the basic structural organisation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  3. Explain fundamental cellular processes including membrane transport, photosynthesis and respiration.
  4. Explain the basic roles of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids in cell structure and function.
  5. Describe and explain the necessity for processes of gas exchange in multicellular organisms.
  6. Describe and explain the necessity for transport systems in multicellular organisms.
  7. Describe the manner in which genetic information is passed from generation to generation.
  8. Outline at a basic level the process of protein synthesis from a DNA template.
  9. Explain in simple terms the concept of evolution through natural selection and changes in gene frequency.
  10. Describe basic characteristics of six kingdoms of life within an evolutionary framework.
  11. Solve problems, analyse and synthesise information, and draw conclusions.

Subject Content

Topic 1: Cells: The Basis of Life
- Characteristics of living systems
- Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
- Organisation, structure and function of cells
- Overview of evolution of eukaryotic cells
- Emergence of multicellularity
Topic 2: Cells in Action
- Lifes building blocks: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates
- Maintaining a boundary: cell membranes and membrane transport, compartmentalisation of eukaryotic cells
- Energising the biosphere: chloroplasts and photosynthesis
- Fuel for life: mitochondria, cellular respiration, and ATP
Topic 3: Life on Land: Gas Exchange in Multicellular Organisms
- Gas exchange systems in multicellular organisms: overview of evolution
- Stomata, guard cells and transpiration
- The mammalian respiratory system
Topic 4: Life on Land: Transport Systems in Multicellular Organisms
- Transport systems in multicellular organisms: overview of evolution
- Roots and shoots, xylem and phloem: transport in flowering plants
- The mammalian circulatory and excretory systems
Topic 5: Reproduction and Inheritance
- DNA, genes, and chromosomes
- Protein synthesis
- Cell division in eukaryotes
- Aspects of Mendelian Inheritance
- Topic 6: Evolution and Biodiversity
- Natural selection, changes of gene frequency in populations
- hylogeny: six kingdoms, three domains of life
- Themes in evolution
Topic 1: Cells: The Basis of Life
- Characteristics of living systems
- Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
- Organisation, structure and function of cells
- Overview of evolution of eukaryotic cells
- Emergence of multicellularity
Topic 2: Cells in Action
- Life?fs building blocks: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates
- Maintaining a boundary: cell membranes and membrane transport, compartmentalisation of eukaryotic cells
- Energising the biosphere: chloroplasts and photosynthesis
- Fuel for life: mitochondria, cellular respiration, and ATP
Topic 3: Life on Land: Gas Exchange in Multicellular Organisms
- Gas exchange systems in multicellular organisms:

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
a.Quiz b.Participation a. Quiz: up to 30 minutes (10%) b. Participation (10%) 20 N Both (Individual & Group)
Quiz 1 hour 15 N Individual
a. Online demonstration, online participation b. Quiz a.1hour b.Quiz: up to 30 min 30 N Individual
Quiz-Living Systems 30 minutes 10 N Individual
End-of session Exam 2 hours and 20 minutes 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Virginia Shepherd Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Virginia Shepherd Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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