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Life and Evolution (Advanced) (BIOL1906)

Biology is an immensely diverse science. Biologists study life at all levels, from the fundamental building blocks (genes, proteins) to whole ecosystems in which myriads of species interact. Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour, to dealing with disease. Evolution through natural selection is the framework in biology in which specific details make sense. This unit explores how new species continue to arise while others go extinct and discusses the role of mutations as the raw material on which selection acts. It explains how information is transferred between generations through DNA, RNA and proteins, transformations which affect all aspects of biological form and function. Science builds and organises knowledge of life and evolution in the form of testable hypotheses. You will participate in inquiry-led practical classes investigating single-celled organisms and the diversity of form and function in plants and animals. Life and Evolution (Advanced) has the same overall structure as BIOL1006 but material is discussed in greater detail and at a more advanced level. Students enrolled in BIOL1906 participate in a research project with a focus on developing skills in critical evaluation, experimental design, data analysis and communication.

Classes
Two lectures per week

Assessment
Practical and communication (40%), during semester exams (20%), summative final exam (40%)

Textbooks
Please see unit outline on LMS

Assumed knowledge
85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent.

Prohibitions

BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1996

Details

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

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

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