School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Form and Function in Biology
  • Unit Code

    SCI1187
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Kristina Louise LEMSON

Description

This unit is an introduction to plant and animal structure and function. It focuses on the morphology and anatomy of living organisms, as well as their physiological processes, life cycles and behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe and interpretembryonic development in animals and plants.
  2. Describe the life cycles and reproductive systems of plants and animals.
  3. Describe the regulatory mechanisms of plants and animals.
  4. Explain interactions of organisms with their environment.
  5. Explain the relationships between biological structures and their functions.

Unit Content

  1. The nature and diversity of living organisms: characteristics of life as a set of processes common to all forms.
  2. Principles of structure-function relationships at cell, tissue, organ and organismal levels.
  3. Diversity in organismal structure and function: energy acquisition, metabolism, growth, life cycles and reproduction in prokaryotes, protists and fungi.
  4. Structure and function in flowering plants: morphology and functional anatomy of stems, leaves and roots; photosynthesis; water and solute movement; reproduction.
  5. Structure and function in animals: Circulation and gas exchange; homeostasis; perception and communication; movement; digestion and excretion; reproduction.
  6. Laboratory skills: Lab safety; microscope structure and use; dissection; interpreting and following laboratory methods; keeping lab records, including biological drawings; structure and presentation of laboratory reports; principles of data collection, analysis and presentation; elementary statistical inference (Student's t-test).

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, online activities, directed reading, individual and group-based lab work, skills workshops.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentLaboratory Report25%
Laboratory Work ^Practical exercises35%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

^ Mandatory to Pass


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Form and Function in Biology
  • Unit Code

    SCI1187
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Kristina Louise LEMSON

Description

This unit is an introduction to plant and animal structure and function. It focuses on the morphology and anatomy of living organisms, as well as their physiological processes, life cycles and behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe and interpretembryonic development in animals and plants.
  2. Describe the life cycles and reproductive systems of plants and animals.
  3. Describe the regulatory mechanisms of plants and animals.
  4. Explain interactions of organisms with their environment.
  5. Explain the relationships between biological structures and their functions.

Unit Content

  1. The nature and diversity of living organisms: characteristics of life as a set of processes common to all forms.
  2. Principles of structure-function relationships at cell, tissue, organ and organismal levels.
  3. Diversity in organismal structure and function: energy acquisition, metabolism, growth, life cycles and reproduction in prokaryotes, protists and fungi.
  4. Structure and function in flowering plants: morphology and functional anatomy of stems, leaves and roots; photosynthesis; water and solute movement; reproduction.
  5. Structure and function in animals: Circulation and gas exchange; homeostasis; perception and communication; movement; digestion and excretion; reproduction.
  6. Laboratory skills: Lab safety; microscope structure and use; dissection; interpreting and following laboratory methods; keeping lab records, including biological drawings; structure and presentation of laboratory reports; principles of data collection, analysis and presentation; elementary statistical inference (Student's t-test).

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, online activities, directed reading, individual and group-based lab work, skills workshops.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentLaboratory Report25%
Laboratory Work ^Practical exercises35%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

^ Mandatory to Pass

Core Reading(s)

  • Reece, J. B., Myers, N., Urry, L. A., Cain, M. L., Wasserman, S. A., Minorsky, P. V., … Cooke, B. N. (2015). Campbell Biology Australia and New Zealand version (10th ed.). Melboune, Victoria: Pearson.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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