BIOL116-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Human Biology

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


An introduction to the biology of humans. The course is particularly recommended for students wishing to advance in topics in health and sport, as well as those students advancing in science subjects.

Human Biology is an introductory course that looks at the biology of Homo sapiens from a number of different viewpoints. Much of the course is devoted to the human body and how it functions, from an overview of the body as a “typical” mammalian vertebrate down to the actions of individual cells and even individual molecules. However, a significant section of the course looks at how humans have affected the biology of the planet and how this then feeds back to affect the humans that caused the changes, and how modern technology has the potential to alter this.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
· Have a basic knowledge of human anatomy
· Have a basic knowledge of the microscopic anatomy of the human body
· Have specific knowledge of the skeleton and blood system
· Have basic knowledge of embryology
· Be informed about nutritional requirements
· Have information about the human genome
· Gain an appreciation of immune response and vaccine production
· Have basic knowledge about drug discovery from plants
· Have specific knowledge about malaria and its effects on populations
· Have practical skills relating to histology and basic biochemistry

University Graduate Attributes

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.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Friday 17:00 - 18:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
03 Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 451 Biology Lab 30 Jul - 26 Aug
1 Friday 14:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 451 Biology Lab 30 Jul - 26 Aug
2 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 451 Biology Lab 30 Jul - 26 Aug

Timetable Note

NOTE: Details about the laboratory classes will be provided as a separate handout during the lectures.

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 glasses


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).

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Leung


Grant Pearce , Renwick Dobson and Robert Jackson

Lab Coordinator

Jan McKenzie


Recommended Reading

Campbell, Neil A. , Reece, Jane B; Biology; 8th ed; Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008 (This book has been ordered for the library).

Taylor, Martha R. , Campbell, Neil A., Reece, Jane B; Student study guide for Biology [by] Campbell, Reece; 8th ed; Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 2008 (This guide has been ordered for the library).

We do not have a compulsory text for this course as the subjects are too broad for a single book. However, if you are taking any other Biology courses along with BIOL116 we recommend that you purchase Campbell, Biology

Additional Course Outline Information



Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* 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.

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