The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces the taxonomic and functional diversity of organisms together with their interactions with each other and the physical world.

Students will gain an understanding of the immense scale of biological diversity, how that diversity arose and what are the essential elements required to maintain that diversity. This course is also the gateway to real understanding of how organisms work including the development and function of multicellular organisms. This understanding of the organism will then be expanded to interactions between organisms as populations, communities and ecosystems. Understanding how organisms and ecosystems function enables us to move towards living systems that are aligned with natural processes and are essential ingredients to sustainability.

Students who have completed this course are well placed to study further studies in: animal and plant development and function; microbiology; ecology, biodiversity and environmental biology courses at 2000 and 3000 level.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain biodiversity and its evolutionary history.

2. Define biological terminology in relation to tissues, organisms, ecology and ecosystems

3. Recognise the diversity of the form, development and function of microbes and multicellular organisms

4. Understand the concepts of micro and macro evolution and speciation and outline mechanisms underpinning taxonomic and functional diversity.

5. Understand the concepts in ecosystem function and anthropocentric environmental impact in the Australian context

6. Posses fundamental skills in the collection and interpretation of biological information

7. Apply critical thinking and the scientific approach


Content

Introduction to the Ecosystem - Ecosystems are made up of a diversity of organisms which interact with each other and the physical environment to perform ecosystem functions. Course aims to outline origin and scale of organism diversity and how they interact with the physical environment to form the living Earth.

Origin and Scale of Diversity:

  • Evolving life and mechanisms of evolution
  • Origin of species
  • Kingdoms of living things
  • Coping with complexity - Classification and relatedness

Biology of Organisms:

  • Diversity and function of microbes & fungi
  • Diversity, development & function of plants
  • Diversity, development & function of animals

Ecology and Ecosystem Function:

  • The Australian Biota
  • Populations & Communities
  • Biomes and Australian Ecosystems
  • Ecosystem functions
  • Human Impacts on the Australian Environment

Requisite

This course has similarities to BIOL1070 and BIOL1050. If you have successfully completed either of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

BIOL1002Organisms to EcosystemsThis course introduces the taxonomic and functional diversity of organisms together with their interactions with each other and the physical world.

Students will gain an understanding of the immense scale of biological diversity, how that diversity arose and what are the essential elements required to maintain that diversity. This course is also the gateway to real understanding of how organisms work including the development and function of multicellular organisms. This understanding of the organism will then be expanded to interactions between organisms as populations, communities and ecosystems. Understanding how organisms and ecosystems function enables us to move towards living systems that are aligned with natural processes and are essential ingredients to sustainability.

Students who have completed this course are well placed to study further studies in: animal and plant development and function; microbiology; ecology, biodiversity and environmental biology courses at 2000 and 3000 level.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1010005980Semester 2 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah20195980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019HSC Mathematics and Chemistry are advisable.Introduction to the Ecosystem - Ecosystems are made up of a diversity of organisms which interact with each other and the physical environment to perform ecosystem functions. Course aims to outline origin and scale of organism diversity and how they interact with the physical environment to form the living Earth.Origin and Scale of Diversity: Evolving life and mechanisms of evolution Origin of species Kingdoms of living things Coping with complexity - Classification and relatednessBiology of Organisms: Diversity and function of microbes & fungi Diversity, development & function of plants Diversity, development & function of animalsEcology and Ecosystem Function: The Australian Biota Populations & Communities Biomes and Australian Ecosystems Ecosystem functions Human Impacts on the Australian Environment YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Explain biodiversity and its evolutionary history.2Define biological terminology in relation to tissues, organisms, ecology and ecosystems3Recognise the diversity of the form, development and function of microbes and multicellular organisms4Understand the concepts of micro and macro evolution and speciation and outline mechanisms underpinning taxonomic and functional diversity.5Understand the concepts in ecosystem function and anthropocentric environmental impact in the Australian context6Posses fundamental skills in the collection and interpretation of biological information7Apply critical thinking and the scientific approach This course has similarities to BIOL1070 and BIOL1050. If you have successfully completed either of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.Formal Examination: ExamQuiz: Quiz-On-Line Callaghan and OurimbahLectureFace to Face On Campus52hour(s)per Term0Full Term0Total hours to be spread across a normal semester term or compressed into a summer/winter term


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Exam

Quiz: Quiz-On-Line


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 52 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Total hours to be spread across a normal semester term or compressed into a summer/winter term