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The subject will focus on establishing foundational knowledge in biology and building on this to provide students with a thorough understanding of key concepts. It explores the diversity and unity of life through the lens of five core concepts: evolution, cell theory, regulation, transmission of information and interconnectedness in biological systems. These concepts will be studied at the molecular, cellular, and individual level, including the evolution of life from the abiotic to the individual, the molecular and physical structure of the cell, cell replication and gene expression, homeostasis, photosynthesis and respiration, and interactions within and between organisms.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- use the foundational language of biology to describe the parts of cells and organisms, biomolecules, key biological processes and biological classification;
- demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of life from the molecular level to the multicellular;
- recognize cells as the fundamental structural and functional unit of life with respect to their molecular machinery, cellular function and cellular interaction;
- explain the importance of information being conserved, or modified within, and transferred between, cells and organisms;
- describe the chemical nature of biological processes and the way cells and organisms regulate their (internal) environment;
- explain the interconnectedness and interacting nature of living systems by drawing on examples of networks at the molecular, cellular and individual levels;
- identify biology as an evolving science based on concepts developed from observations, experiments and data analysis; and
- write a report based on analysis of biological data.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of and apply the scientific process in a theoretical and practical setting;
- use appropriate protocols for making observations and recording data;
- competently use appropriate equipment;
- use quantitative reasoning and analysis;
- integrate biology with other disciplines;
- collaborate effectively in a team;
- understand the social, legal and ethical implications of studying and practising biology and of biological discoveries; and
- demonstrate well developed information literacy and communication skills.
Last updated: 20 February 2024