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This subject provides students with an understanding of the living world, familiarising students with the fundamentals of cell structure and function, cell reproduction and genetics, systems involved in energy transformations, nutrition, water uptake, gas exchange, excretion, circulation and immune responses, structure and function of plants and animals, biodiversity, evolution and ecosystems.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject introduces students to biological concepts and systems and includes:
- Cell biology and metabolism: molecules of life, water, organic compounds, ions polymers (proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides), organelles, membranes and walls; unicellular and multicellular organisms, cell division, mitosis
- Cell differentiation and specialisation; diversity and unity of cell structure, prokaryotes and eukaryotes; tissues and organs; major metabolic pathways, metabolism; enzymes
- Photosynthesis and photorespiration, glycolysis, fermentation; plant structure and function; roots, stems, leaves, meristems, flowers and seeds; plant cells and tissues, anatomical diversity; transpiration and translocation
- Mendelian genetics; inheritance; brief description of DNA, RNA, the double helix, recombination and mutation; protein synthesis and gene expression
- Animal structure and function; tissues, organs and organ systems; comparative anatomy; homoeostasis
- Nutrient uptake, circulation, gas and fluid exchange; differences between animal and plant anatomy
- Structure of selected invertebrate groups especially insects
- Mammalian structures
- Nutrient uptake; primary and secondary growth; reproduction and nutrition; heterotrophy and autotrophy; nutrients and nutrient cycling; productivity
- Gametogenesis, process and structures in plants and animals; fertilisation, seed development, parturition, hatching; life cycles
- An introduction to biodiversity and evolution; populations, communities and ecosystem adaptation, phylogeny
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to critically assess and assimilate new knowledge to use these skills to solve problems
- Be able to complete basic manipulations with laboratory equipment
- Have developed skills in recording observations, analysis and interpretation of data, and dissection techniques
- Be able to work in small groups
Last updated: 8 May 2020