Course Title: Concepts in biology
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2015
Course Code: BIOL5217
Course Title: Concepts in biology
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science
Course Contact: Namrita Kaul
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Concepts in Biology Teacher
Nominal Hours: 50
Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
There are no pre-requisites for studying in this course
This course covers the skills and knowledge required to investigate the major concepts in biology and their basic application.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VU20929 Concepts in biology
1 Explain the Basic Building blocks for Life
1.1The characteristics of living and non-living things are compared
2 Explain the Classification of Living Things
2.1 The characteristics of organisms within kingdom classifications are compared
3 Describe the Interaction of Living Things
3.1 Features of ecosystems are described
By the end of this course students will be able to:
• explain the structure and function of cells
• explain sources and use of energy
• explain the classification of living things
• explain functions of ecosystems
Details of Learning Activities
Class discussions, worksheets, practical activities
|6/7||Life and cells|
|3/8||Food chains and webs|
|10/8||Adaptations and Evolution|
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Overview of Assessment
Assessment for this course may include Worksheets, Practical reports, Assignments and Tests
To pass this course students must achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher in all assessment tasks.
Assessment 1: Week 3
Classification Practical data collection
Individually students will have to accurately record, label and interpret data in an experiment. All of this work will be done in class and so class attendance is mandatory.
This is worth 15% of the course grade.
Due in class 21st July
Assessment 2: Week 4
Photosynthesis Practical participation and reporting
Students will work in teams to set up an experiment. They will be marked in class as competent (C) or Not Yet competent (NYC) for their experimental set up and so class attendance is mandatory.
Students will interpret the results of their experiment at home and compile a report. This is worth 25% of the course grade.
Competency grading to be done on 28th July
Report Due 4th August in Level 6 Office by 5pm
Assessment 3: Week 6
Food chain & web poster
Each student will create a poster of a unique food web in class and so class attendance is mandatory.
.This is worth 10% of the course grade.
Poster due for presentation in class 11th August
Assessment 4: Week 8
This is a closed book examination covering all material in the course. It is worth 50% of the course grade.
This will be held on 25th August (Location to be advised).
This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
- All assessment types must be passed (exams, prac, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac component).
- Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
- APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (email@example.com).
- Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration) For missed assessments such as exams - you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
- If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.
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