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An integrated course embracing the principles of ecology, behaviour, genetics, evolution and conservation biology.
BIOL112 is an integrated course embracing the principles of genetics, evolution, behaviour, ecology, and conservation biology. During the course, you will gain a sound background in each of these topics and learn basic practical skills in each of these fields.The course provides essential background material that all biologists need and is one of the three ‘core’ biology courses (BIOL111, BIOL112, BIOL113) required to obtain a BSc in Biology. Whenever possible, we will highlight connections among topics taught in these and other biology courses. There are several lecturers in BIOL112 and each is likely to have a unique teaching and lecturing style. The lecture content, however, will follow a natural progression and will also integrate well with the material taught in the laboratories.Goal of the CourseTo introduce essential background material required to obtain a degree in biology including principles of genetics, evolution, behaviour, ecology and conservation biology, and to develop basic practical skills in each of these disciplines.
Intended Learning Outcomes and Associated Assessment Explain why evolution is the core theme of biology (assessment tasks: lab manual, midcourse test, final exam) Illustrate the basic principles of evolution, including the mechanisms of evolution (assessment tasks: lab manual, midcourse test) Illustrate the basic principles of genetics, including the origin, maintenance, and loss of genetic variation (assessment tasks: lab manual, midcourse test) Illustrate the basic principles of ecology, including determinants of the distribution and abundance of organisms, species interactions and food web ecology, and the determinants of community structure (assessment tasks: lab manual, final exam) Illustrate the basic principles of behaviour, including proximate and ultimate causation (assessment tasks: lab manual, final exam) Discuss why conservation biology is a multidisciplinary pursuit (assessment tasks: lab manual, final exam) Collect, analyse and interpret biological data, both in the field and in the laboratory (assessment tasks: lab manual, lab report)Transferable Skills RegisterAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills: Synthesising information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and shape your own viewpoint. This skill will be developed when answering the essay questions in the midcourse test and the final exam. Collecting, analysing and interpreting data. Important for research, as well as in a number of private-sector organizations. This skill will be developed when conducting lab assessments, particularly the lab report.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Labs are an integral part of the course. They are organised in streams. See My Timetable for details. Labs are held in Room 230 in the Rutherford (Chemistry) Building, excluding the "Selection in Guppies” lab that is held in Otakaro 205 (Dovedale Campus). You should have received information regarding which lab stream you have been assigned to in My Timetable. If you have not been assigned to a lab stream or you are unable to resolve a clash on My Timetable, please contact Kimberley Roberts.Information regarding the labs including the lab schedule are provided in the lab manual. Labs will begin the second week of semester. Lab manuals will be handed out at the beginning of this lab (pdf copy also available on LEARN beforehand).Three hours are scheduled for each laboratory but please note that they are variable in length and sometimes require transport to/from a field location. It is essential to read each week’s lab before coming to class. Although some lab work will be completed in groups, all assessment material must be completed individually. Labs will be marked at the end of each lab, excluding labs 2 and 8 (see lab manual for details).If you are unable to attend a lab or you have missed a lab, contact Kimberley Roberts. For questions regarding the lab report, contact Tammy Steeves. For questions regarding lab material contact the relevant lecturer.It is compulsory to wear a lab coat in the laboratory and can be purchased at the beginning of the year.Where to purchase your lab coats and safety glassesPLEASE NOTE YOU NOW COLLECT FROM THE NEW ERNEST RUTHERFORD BUILDING.To purchase: buy a receipt from the Copy Centre, 2nd floor, Puaka-James Hight building, (payment by eftpos and credit card only – lab coats $32, glasses $10), 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.Receipts may then be exchanged in the atrium inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, 8.30 – 10 am and 1.30 – 2.30 pm, Monday to Friday for the first two weeks of the semester.After the first two weeks they can be collected from Ernest Rutherford Room 130 (Chemical Store).
, Hazel Chapman
, Tammy Steeves
and Dave Kelly
The midcourse test is based on lectures 1 – 16 (Genetics and Evolution). The final exam is based on lectures 17 – 35 (Ecology, Behaviour and Ecosystems/Conservation). Both the midcourse test and the final exam will consist of multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions (previous midcourse tests and final exams are available on LEARN) and the number of questions per topic will be in proportion to the number of lectures devoted to each topic.To achieve a passing grade in BIOL112, you must attain an average score of at least 40% for in-course assessment (lab report and lab manual) and an average score at least 40% in the course exam/test (midcourse test and final exam), AND a score at least 50% overall.
Campbell, Neil A.,1946-2004 et al;
Biology : a global approach;
Tenth edition, global edition;
Taylor, Martha R. , Reece, Jane B., Campbell, Neil A;
Study guide for Campbell biology [by] Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. Jackson;
This is the same text used for the three core biology courses (BIOL111, BIOL112, and BIOL113) and is well worth purchasing. However, should you choose not to buy it, multiple copies are on reserve in the Central Library.
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If a laboratory is missed, arrangements should be made to make up the work at a later date. This could involve:(a) Attending another lab. stream later in the week after informing you laboratory supervisor (this is by far the best course of action).(b) Consulting with the lab. supervisor to obtain data for the missed lab.(c) Coming to another lab. stream the following week to work on the missed work while there are demonstrators around to give advice.At the end of the year we expect data, graphs and questions to be completed for all labs.If a laboratory assessment due date is missed due to illness, injury, personal bereavement or other critical personal circumstances, and the work can be made up by obtaining an extension, a written explanation from an appropriate person (e.g., medical doctor, counselor, minister, priest) should be given to the lab. supervisor to obtain an extension. If those critical circumstances mean you cannot make up the work, missed the test or final exam, or you consider you have been impaired, you should apply for aegrotat consideration for the piece of assessment.
Domestic fee $886.00
International fee $3,809.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Biological Sciences.