Instructor: Dr Sarah McKenzie
An introduction to the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from organisms to ecosystems in an evolutionary context.
Available in Winter 2018 and Winter 2019.
RECOMMENDATION BIOL 102/3.0.
Biology is the study of life, from microscopic molecules inside a cell to the largest plants and animals on earth. New discoveries in biology are being made every day, which can revolutionise our understanding of how life works. This course is an introduction to the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from organisms to ecosystems in an evolutionary context. The course uses the blended learning technique, allowing students to control their learning experience. A number of practical sessions enable hands-on experience and roundtable discussions allow exploration of highly topical issues and experiential learning opportunities.
- Identify the roles of the major physiological systems in diverse animals and how they are regulated through electrical and chemical signals to achieve change or maintain homeostasis.
- Explain the structure and function of nerves and muscles, and how they contribute to physiological processes.
- Articulate the role of physiological systems and processes in disease and dysfunction.
- Compare the nature of interactions between organisms at the level of the population, the community and the ecosystem.
- Discuss the mechanisms by which evolution generates biological diversity, and how this is important for ecosystem health.
Experiential learning opportunities
A trip to Oxford University to visit the museum of Natural History and talk with some of the researchers there.
A visit to Down house, home of Charles Darwin.
Round Table Discussions - 10%
Class Participation - 10%
Poster - 20%
Practical assignments - 30%
Final Exam - 30%