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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. Labs in the course have been designed to assist the learning of the broad themes covered in the lectures. The aim of the course is to introduce students to aspects of human biology and health: Basic anatomy, nutrition, genetics, immune response, and human body / microbe interface.
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 and safety glasses in the laboratory.To purchase approved safety glasses, lab or coats go to 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.
, Amy Osborne
, David Leung
and Claudia Meisrimler
We recommend that you ensure you have access to Campbell and Reece “Biology a GlobalApproach, 11 Edition”. This is also available through the library, QH 308.2 .C189 2018,Central Library.
Library portalLearn Site
Domestic fee $910.00
International fee $4,438.00
* 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.
For further information see
School of Biological Sciences.