Course Title: Biological Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biological Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2365

City Campus

Undergraduate

155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BIOL2365

City Campus

Undergraduate

174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judi McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email: judith.mccann@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces you to the scientific study of life from the molecular level up to organisms and their environments. It will provide you with the skills needed for further learning in more advanced courses.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:
1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline.
2. Technical Capability: the selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures.
3. Problem Solving: apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.
5. Teamwork: contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes


On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Set up and safely use a microscope to observe a range of specimens
2. Carry out biological laboratory exercises in a safe manner
3. Work cooperatively in groups
4. Demonstrate an understanding of Biological concepts such as cellular structures and functions, Cell cycle, cell growth and cell division and energy cycles


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:
• Laboratory exercises: to give you skills in the use of microscopes and a range of cell biology, and routine laboratory techniques
• Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic biological concepts that are required to enhance further education and a career in the field of cell biology.
• Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of textbooks and relevant articles): to reinforce/strengthen your understanding of the principles and applications of Biology.
• Simulation, virtual lab, videos: to understand the key biological concepts of cell biology and practical applications, and how to apply theory to practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will use the current laboratory manual for each practical class. You will need to access Blackboard on a weekly basis to prepare for theory and practical classes. You will also need to read sections of recommended textbooks and may be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos, websites and the subject learning guide
http://rmit.libguides.com/appliedscience


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks 

Early Assessment Task: logbook and prac questions
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: 2 written exams
Weighting 60%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4 

Assessment Task 3: Practical report
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Practical test
Weighting satisfactory completion
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3