Introduction to the Life Sciences

Course code EPBIOL259Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Introduction to the Life Sciences builds on EPCHEM137 Foundation Concepts for Chemistry and the Life Sciences and introduces concepts in the Life Sciences. Topics include the basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology: the nature and practice of biology, applications and uses of biology, the components of the cell, osmosis, homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions. Utilising a range of approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of EPBIOL259 Introduction to the Life Sciences, students will demonstrate:

1. the ability to express scientific ideas in a logical, coherent fashion.
2. skills in working individually and in groups in both practical and theoretical contexts in the verbal communication of scientific ideas.
3. the acquisition of skills in researching existing theory and applying scientific method in practical contexts.
4. the ability to solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts.
5. the ability to use relevant technology in support of scientific inquiry.
ContentIntroduction to the Life Sciences covers:

1. the components of plant and animal cells and their functions.
2. osmosis.
3. anatomy.
4. tissues.
5. body systems and organs.
6. body functions.
7. homeostasis.
8. important biochemical reactions.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEPCHEM137 Foundation Concepts for Chemistry and the Life Sciences (Open Foundation Students)

EPSCIE120 Studies in Science (Newstep Students)
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOn-campus students: Mid semester class test, 1 hour. Must demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles involved in the course.
Examination: FormalFinal examination in the University examination period, 2 hours
Laboratory ExercisesMust demonstrate skills in working individually and in groups to complete set tasks and the ability to use relevant and appropriate technology.
Quiz - On-lineWeekly online quizzes to examine the concepts covered in the previous week's lectures.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Term for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPBIOL259