Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


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



Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL105
Subject Name Functional Biology of Animals and Plants
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites Nil
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment E-learning exercises 15%; Two Scientific Drawings 5%; Scientific Figure 5%; Practical Quizzes (x2) 10%; Mid-session Quiz 10%; Final Practical Examination 20%; Final Theory Examination 35%.
General Subject Yes.

Subject Description
Students will investigate the form and function of living things with a comparative approach that recognises evolutionary origins and how this affects the way they overcome challenges to their day-to-day existence. Body plans of plants and animals. How plants and animals obtain the energy and nutrients they need for growth. Reproduction in plants and animals. Sensory systems in plants and animals. Parasitic plants & animals. How do plants and animals interact and respond to their environment? Animal behaviour. Please note that this subject involves animal dissections. While direct participation is not mandatory, all students will be examined on the material.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. appreciate the scientific approach used to investigate the nature and function of living systems;
2. understand aspects of how organisms function;
3. appreciate some aspects of the regulation and integration of living systems;
4. dissect certain animals and plants, evaluate their structure and represent these in scientific diagrams;
5. analyse results and present data clearly and appropriately, including the use of basic statistics;
6. perform a range of laboratory activities with proper concern for OH&S issues and with appropriate regard for animal ethics.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Dr Ben Gooden Phone 02-4221-4310, Room 35.107 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.