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From Molecules to Ecosystems (BIOL1007)

Paradigm shifts in biology have changed the emphasis from single biomolecule studies to complex systems of biomolecules, cells and their interrelationships in ecosystems of life. Such an integrated understanding of cells, biomolecules and ecosystems is key to innovations in biology. Life relies on organisation, communication, responsiveness and regulation at every level. Understanding biological mechanisms, improving human health and addressing the impact of human activity are the great challenges of the 21st century. This unit will investigate life at levels ranging from cells, and biomolecule ecosystems, through to complex natural and human ecosystems. You will explore the importance of homeostasis in health and the triggers that lead to disease and death. You will learn the methods of cellular, biomolecular, microbial and ecological investigation that allow us to understand life and discover how expanding tools have improved our capacity to manage and intervene in ecosystems for our own health and organisms in the environment that surround and support us . You will participate in inquiry-led practicals that reinforce the concepts in the unit.  By doing this unit you will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to play a role in finding global solutions that will impact our lives.

Classes
Two lectures per week and online material and 12 x 3-hour practicals

Assessment
Quizzes (10%), communication assessment (40%), skills tests (10%), summative final exam (40%)

Textbooks
Please see unit outline on LMS

Assumed knowledge
HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).

Prohibitions

BIOL1907 or BIOL1997

Details

Summer Main

08 Jan 2018

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 17 Jan 2018
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Census dates shows the latest date to cancel out of a unit*
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Emma Thompson
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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