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An integrated course embracing the principles of ecology, behaviour, genetics, evolution and conservation biology.
In this course you will learn the basics of evolution, ecology and conservation biology. You will see how evolution underpins both ecology and conservation and discover how these areas of biology impact every-day life. The first part of the course has an evolution focus and we will look at both genes (micro) and species (macro) evolution. We’ll explore human diseases, drug resistance and invasive species. We’ll also understand how fossils have contributed to our understanding of life on Earth today. The second term has a focus on ecology and conservation, with lots of examples demonstrating how New Zealand science is saving our unique ecosystems.
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to: Explain why evolution is the central theme of biology (assessment tasks: lab manual, mid course test, final exam) Explain the core principles and mechanisms of evolution (lab manual, mid course test) Explain the key principles of genetics, including the origin, maintenance, and loss of genetic variation (lab manual, mid course test) Explain the key principles of ecology, including factors affecting the distribution and abundance of organisms, behaviour, species interactions, and community structure (lab manual, final exam) Explain what conservation biology is and show how evolution and ecology underpin it (lab manual, final exam) Collect, analyse and interpret biological data, in the field and laboratory (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 job situations you will need to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and explain your viewpoint. This skill will be developed when answering the essay questions in the mid course test and the final exam. (GP1) 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. (GP2)GP1 and GP2 refer to Graduate Profile attributes: (1) Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree; (2) employable, innovative and enterprising; (3) biculturally competent and confident; (4) engaged with the community; and (5) globally aware.
Laboratory classes: these are an integral part of the course, starting in the third week of semester, as shown in the timetable above. Labs are organised in streams, and you attend one stream. 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 Kim Doherty. The lab rooms vary depending on week and lab stream, see My Timetable for room details.Three hours are scheduled for each laboratory but please note that they are variable in length andsometimes include fieldwork on- or off-campus. It is essential to read each week’s lab beforecoming to class. Lab manuals will be handed out at the beginning of the first lab (you can see aPDF copy on LEARN beforehand). Although some lab work will be completed in groups, all assessment material must be completed individually. Excluding lab 2, labs will be marked at the end of each lab (see Assessment section below and lab manual for details). If you are unable to attend a lab or you have missed a lab, contact Kim Doherty. For questions regarding the guppy lab report, contact Tammy Steeves. For questions regarding lab material contact the relevant lecturer.It is compulsory to wear a lab coat and safety glasses in the laboratory.To purchase approved safety glasses and lab coats https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/shop/The collection point for purchases is inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, Monday to Friday between the hours 8.30 – 10.00 am and 1.30 – 3.00 pm for the first two weeks of the semester.Conditions: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.
The midcourse test covers lectures 1 – 18 (Evolution and Genetics), while the final exam coverslectures 19 – 36 (Ecology, Conservation and Ecosystems). Both will include multiple-choice, shortanswer, and essay questions. The number of questions per topic will be proportional to the numberof lectures on that topic. Previous midcourse tests and final exams are available on Learn.Note: Biology policy says that to pass BIOL112 you need a mark of at least 50% overall, AND atleast a 40% average across the interm work (lab report and lab manual) AND at least a 40% average in the exams (midcourse test and final exam). See Departmental Policies below for more detail.
This same text used for all three core biology courses (111, 112, and 113). It can be bought as aprinted book (includes eText and online study tool MasteringBiology) or as an electronic text(includes MasteringBiology). Multiple copies of the printed book are on reserve in the library.
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FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS COURSE SURVEYSThe last course survey was in 2018. Here are the overall scores, and some points raised in it, withour responses in italics.On a 1-5 scale where 1 = worst and 5 = best1. The materials provided helped me understand what was required to succeed in the course 4.22. The organization in the course helped me learn 4.23. Couse workload was appropriate 4.24. Assessments were appropriate 4.25. Feedback on assessments was helpful 3.9Which aspects of this course were most helpful for your learning?labs, lectures, passionate lecturers/helpful demonstrators/great lab coordinator, quizzesHow could this course be enhanced to help your learning? It would be very helpful to have thegrades of assignments posed onto Learn as soon as they are released. We will do this from now on.There was a lot of conflicting information about the lab report.Apologies, we will revise the lab manual and Learn site to try and get all the information fullyconsistent - eg in terms of referencing formats etc.
Domestic fee $921.00
International fee $4,271.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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