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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 including the actions of individual cells and even individual molecules. The course is not only for the students who want to pursue Health Science studies but also for anyone who is interested in learning about aspects of human biology and health. The broad lecture themes include basic anatomy of the organs, nutrition, genetics, immune response, and human body / microorganism interface. Labs in the course have been designed to assist the learning of these broad lecture themes.
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of food allergen and detection using antiobody:(assessment item: short lab quiz)2. Understand basic biochemical experiments and detection of common microbes associated with the human body: (assessment items: lab report and lab quizzes)3. Appreciate the biodiversity of an individual human body: (assessment item: mid-course test)4 Recognise and evaluate genetic deterministic views of human biology: (assessment item: mid-course test). 5. Have a basic understanding of molecules of life and human nutrition: (assessment item: mid-course test)6. Gain basic knowledge about human organs and functions (assessment item: final exam)7. Relate human health to immune response and microbes associated with the human body (assessment item: final exam)Transferable Skills RegisterAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:1. Completing tasks in a laboratory. Important in many science-related courses and jobs. We will have lab instructions on what is required in each lab session. (Employable, innovative and enterprising)2. Providing required information in a written form of acceptable standard. This is necessary in most science-related courses and jobs. We will have previous mid-term test and exam questions on the course Learn site and will provide feedbacks on any submitted answers to these questions. (Employable, innovative and enterprising)3. Learn independently through reading of assigned material. Tests and exams will have components that test your competency in assigned readings.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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 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).
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
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Domestic fee $900.00
International fee $4,250.00
* 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.