Course Title: The World of Life Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The World of Life Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Biological, Food and Environmental Science. It will introduce you to fundamental concepts and key topics across life sciences including the diversity and structure and function of biomolecules, cells and organisms and their wider biochemical, cellular and ecological interactions. The course will then consider the wider significance and importance of life sciences across major global, societal, industrial, technological and environmental priorities and challenges such as health, biotechnology, food and agriculture and biodiversity and environmental change. The course will enable you to apply understanding of life sciences and associated technical, transferable and communication skills into your studies in science and enhance your future career. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

1. Understanding Science 

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice. 

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society. 

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge. 

2 Scientific knowledge 

PLO-2.2 You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages.  

3 Inquiry and problem solving 

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project. 

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively. 

PLO-3.5 You will possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings. 

4 Communication 

PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills. 

PLO-4.2 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using appropriate methods for different audiences. 

5 Personal and professional responsibility 

PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work. 

PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.   

PLO-5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). 

On completion of this course, you should be able to: 

CLO1. Name and describe the major biological life forms and the key features of biomolecules, cells and organisms. 

CLO2. Explain key processes and concepts that shape and determine structures and functions across biological, food and environmental systems. 

CLO3. Apply practice-based skills to characterise and investigate biological, food and environmental processes and associated data. 

CLO4: Demonstrate the ability to present, describe and interpret life-science related data and information. 

CLO5. Apply understanding of life-science topics to global grand challenges and priorities.  

CLO6. Create and deliver a team-based scientific presentation on a life science-related global challenge topic.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake an integrated series of immersive learning experiences and activities to develop fundamental conceptual and practical understanding and experience in life sciences. A blended learning will approach will be used involving face-to-face experiential learning activities complemented by online learning and team-based activities. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Blended learning resources will be provided via the Canvas learning management systems and associated tools, in conjunction with practice-based in-class experiential learning activities. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Fundamental Concepts Assessment 

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4 


Assessment Task 2: Life Science in Action Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Studio Showcase Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6