FOUND009-23B (HAM)

Foundations of Biology

15 Points

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: andrea.mercer@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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The aim of this paper is to deepen students' understanding of key concepts in biology. We begin with cells, genes and heredity. Then we devote time to study how organisms consume and transform energy to maintain homeostasis. We also study plant and animal systems in relation to whole organism functioning, cell organisation, and genetic diversity. Students' learning will be supported by a range of experiments and demonstrations.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper will be primarily taught through lectures and a practical laboratory course.
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Required Readings

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The FOUND009 Bridging Biology course notes are available from Waikato Print on campus.

The FOUND009 Bridging Biology laboratory manual is available from Waikato Print on campus.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe the level of organisation and associated functions in plants and animals
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  • Identify the mechanisms of gases and materials transport in plants and animals
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  • Outline the process of DNA replication and protein synthesis in cells
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  • Carry out practical laboratory investigations in a safe and precise manner.
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How you will be assessed

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A variety of assessment methods are used - tests, laboratory reports, tutorial quizzes and a poster presentation.

The due date for these assessments may change due to unforeseen circumstances. If dates are changed, they will be confirmed in class and on Moodle closer to respective relevant dates.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Poster Presentation
10 Aug 2023
10:00 AM
10
  • Presentation: In Lab
2. Test 1
7 Sep 2023
3:00 PM
25
  • In Class: In Lab
3. Lab Report
28 Sep 2023
10:00 PM
10
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
4. Lab Manual/Attendance
12 Oct 2023
3:00 PM
20
  • Other: Attendance and participation in labs.
5. Learning Activities
13 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
10
  • Other: Attendance and participation in class
6. Final test
25
  • Other: Time, date and room TBA.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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