BIOEB101-21A (HAM)

Concepts of Biology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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Paper Description

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An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.

NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) is a desirable preparation for taking this paper.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes.

Please note that laboratory classes start in the second week of semester and are an essential part of the course.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Distinguish the key events that have been significant in the origin, history and diversity of life.
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  • Compare and contrast the similarities/differences between cell structures, functions and reproduction
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  • Illustrate how the environment drives evolution (cause & effect) outlining mechanisms
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  • Demonstrate fundamental experimental techniques in biological sciences
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes in the dates will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week prior to the original date.

Your overall paper grade will follow the standardised University grading scheme: A+ 90-100%, A 85-89%, A- 80-84%, B+ 75-79%, B 70-74%, B- 65-69%, C+ 60-64%, C 55-59%, C- 50-54%; D 40-49%, E 0-39%. A pass grade (C-) for this paper implies that a student has a minimal acceptable level of competency in the learning outcomes listed above.


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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Moodle Quizes
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 1
25 Mar 2021
9:00 AM
5
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Test 2
6 May 2021
9:00 AM
5
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Weekly lab assessments
25
  • In Class: In Lab
5. Video or poster presentation
4 Jun 2021
4:30 PM
25
6. Exam
30
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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For Biology Major students the text book Campbell Biology is recommended for all first year papers (BIOEB101, BIOEB102 and BIOMO101), however an online textbook, Concepts of Biology at OpenStax as an alternative for non-major students (https://openstax.org/details/books/concepts-biology)
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Recommended Readings

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Those intending to major in biology (or any other science subject) will also find Writing for Science: a practical handbook for science, engineering and technology students (3rd edition) by H. Silyn-Roberts (2012, pub. Pearson) very useful. (Or, if you have a copy, A student handbook for writing in biology (2nd edition), by K. Knisely (2005, pub. Sinauer/Freeman) will be helpful.)

Students with little prior experience of biology should also use Getting Ready for Biology (L. Garrett, 2007, Pearson).

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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Workload

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Seven contact hours per week plus 3 hours per week for assessment and independent study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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BIOEB101 is a required paper for both the BIOEB and BIOMO majors, and is a prerequisite for BIOEB201 and BIOMO203.
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Restricted papers: BIOL101 and BIOL102

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