Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL104
Subject Name Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites Nil
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Not to count for credit with BIOL352.
Assessment Microscopes Quiz 2%; Statistics Quiz 3%; Major Assignment - Insect Project 10%; Major Assignment – Nest Report 10%; Practical Mini-quizzes 10%; Mid-session Theory Quiz 10%; Practical Examination 20%; Theory Examination 35%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2hrs Lecture, 3hrs Practical, 1hr Tutorial
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
James Wallman
Melinda Waterman
Todd Minchinton
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
This subject aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to whole organism biology, from species to populations, communities and ecosystems. Specifically, the subject explores the identity, anatomical and life-history characteristics of the main groups of organisms, their patterns of diversity across Earth, the processes of evolution and speciation, ecology and conservation biology. In addition, through a series of practical and tutorial classes, the subject equips students with an understanding of the scientific process, ways in which experiments are designed and implemented, the processes of data collection, analysis and hypothesis testing, and scientific writing.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. have a clear perception of the diversity of organisms present in nature;
2. recognise the anatomical and life-history characteristics of the major groups of organisms;
3. understand the operation of the evolutionary processes which have combined to produce the diversity;
4. understand the principles of intrinsic population growth and how it provides the potential for natural selection;
5. understand the way in which populations of different organisms combine to form communities, and be aware of the nature of the interactions which occur among organisms in a community;
6. understand the interactions between the physical and biotic components of ecosystems, and understand the importance of nutrient cycling and energy flow in ecosystem function;
7. design an experiment, take replicate samples, analyse results and present a concise, accurate scientific report; and be aware of some of the social and ethical implications of research in biology.
8. understand the fundamental principles of microscopy and be able to construct scientific diagrams as records of microscopic organisms

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Reece J. B. et al (2015). ‘Campbell Biology.’ 10th edition. Australian version. (Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, Australia.) (570/8) AND Jones, A., Reed, R. and Weyers, J. (2012). ‘Practical Skills in Biology.’ 5th edition. (Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, UK.) (574.078/9)
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