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BIO2103 Biology 2

Semester 2, 2020 External
Short Description: Biology 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010999 - Biological Sciences not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Ursula Kennedy

Requisites

Pre-requisite: BIO1101

Rationale

Biology 2 builds on the fundamental concepts of cell structure and function introduced in Biology 1 and provides a theoretical and practical foundation in the biological sciences for both science and non-science students. This course provides a detailed examination of basic animal and plant anatomy, reproduction, physiology and ecology which is essential for further study in biology.

Synopsis

The evolution of animals and the tissue and organ systems of animals are introduced . This is followed by a study of the evolution and classification of plants and the morphology, anatomy, physiology and reproduction of flowering plants. This course contains a highly recommended residential school for external students and highly recommended on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. differentiate between the main groups of vertebrates and invertebrates and classify organisms into these groups;
  2. describe basic animal structure in terms of tissues and organ systems;
  3. outline the ways in which animals acquire nutrients and describe the structure and function of organs associated with this process;
  4. describe the basic anatomical characteristics and functional features of each of the reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of some of the complex nervous and hormonal control mechanisms involved in controlling the reproductive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal systems;
  6. conduct simple physiological experiments and interpret the results of these experiments;
  7. outline the evolution of plants and identify the basic characteristics of some major plant groups;
  8. demonstrate familiarity with the basic anatomy, morphology, reproduction and physiology of flowering plants;

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Animals I: Overciew - invertebrates and the origin of animal diversity, the vertebrate genealogy, an introduction to the aminal structure and function, animal nutrition. 17.64
2. Animals II: Nervous systems; Chemical signals in animals; Animal reproduction. 17.64
3. Animals III: Circulation in animals; Gas exchange in animals; Controlling the internal environment. 17.64
4. Plants l: The diversity of plants, plant evolution, lower plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, angiosperm morphology, angiosperm anatomy, angiosperm physiology. 11.80
5. Plants II: Reproduction and Secondary Growth; Angiosperms; Pollination; Seed formation and dispersal; Plant asexual reproduction; Plant secondary growth. 17.64
6. Plants III: Plant Physiology; Transpiration; Water and nutrient absorption; Transport of sugars; Plant hormones; Plant responses to external stimuli; Plant signalling. 17.64

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=BIO2103)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Kennedy, U and Dearnaley, J 2019, Biology 1 pracrical notes and exercises, QLD, Australia.
(to be downloaded from the study desk.)
Pechenik, JA 2016, A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 9th edn, Longman, New York.
Urry, LA, Meyers, N, Cain, ML, Wasserman, SA, Minorsky and Reece, JB 2018, Campbell Biology, 11th edn, Pearson, California.
(Australian Version.)
Laboratory Coat.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Jenkins GW, Kemnitz CP & Tortora GJ 2012, Anatomy and physiology: from science to life, 3rd International student edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Losos, JB, Mason, KA & Singer, SR 2020, Biology, 12th edn, McGraw-Hill, Raven, New York.
Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K 2017, Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edn, Benjamin/Cummings, Menlo Park.
Raven, PH, Evert, RF & Eichhorn, SE 2013, Biology of Plants, 8th edn, Worth Publishers Inc, New York.
Taiz, L & Zeiger, E 2015, Plant Physiology, 6th edn, Sinauer Associates Inc, Massachusetts.
Tortora, GJ & Demickson, B 2014, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 14th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, USA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 30.00
Directed Study 46.00
Examinations 3.00
Private Study 70.00
Residential Schools 18.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Laboratory Question Set 50 10 14 Jul 2020 (see note 1)
1Hr Mid Sem M/C Test 40 10 20 Aug 2020 (see note 2)
Practical Report 1 100 15 06 Oct 2020 (see note 3)
Practical Report 2 100 25 20 Oct 2020
Online Exam 60 40 End S2 (see note 4)

Notes
  1. Examiner will advise the due dates of the Laboratory Question Set.The Attendance at the laboratory or practical classes is highly recommended. External students will undertake the laboratory or practical classes during the residential school. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html).
  2. Examiner will advise date of the test.
  3. Examiner will advise due dates of Practical Reports 1 & 2.
  4. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students are highly recommended to attend the residential school and on-campus students are highly recommended to attend the scheduled laboratories or practical classes as the residential school and laboratories or practical classes are linked to an assessment or an element of assessment preparation. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period of Semester 3 of the current academic year.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

Date printed 6 November 2020