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BS1007 - Introduction to Biodiversity

[Offered in even-numbered years in JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject is designed to acquaint it you with the full range of biodiversity, from tiny single-celled plants and animals, to massive fig trees and ancient oaks, to ants and whales, and everything in between. We will examine the origins and organisation of all this life, and learn the principles that allow you to make sense of biodiversity. In lectures, we will expose you to the vital basic knowledge required for understanding scientific principles of plant and animal biology, which is designed as an introduction allowing you to conduct more advanced and specialised studies later. In the laboratories, you will review these principles, and be exposed to examples of biodiversity in all its wonder and complexity. You will learn the basic features of animals and plants.

Learning Outcomes

  • to differentiate principles of plant and animal biology and apply them in more advanced and specialised studies;
  • to demonstrate practical skills in botany and zoology;
  • to practice observation, recording, evaluation and reporting of scientific information.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalent.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG1003 AG1004 AG1007 BZ1003 BZ1004 BZ1006 BZ1007

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
Lecturers: Mrs Heather Robson, Professor Michael Kingsford, Dr Neil Hutchinson, Dr Janine Sheaves, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours on-campus > Lectures
  • 26 hours on-campus > Practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (15%); quizzes or tests (65%); field trip assessment (10%); learnsmart chapters (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 11-Apr-2019
Coordinator: Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
Lecturers: Dr Neil Hutchinson, Miss Hazwani Rahim.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 69 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and Fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (15%); quizzes or tests (65%); field trip assessment (10%); learnsmart chapters (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 05-Dec-2019
Coordinator: Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 69 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and Fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (15%); quizzes or tests (65%); field trip assessment (10%); learnsmart chapters (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.