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Develop your knowledge of human biology, and gain understanding of current scientific and social issues including DNA technology, genetic engineering and cloning. Designed for students who are new to biology, but applicable for all biology students.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of key biological terms
- Explain physiological processes in the human body starting at the genetic level and working through the biochemistry, cell and tissue functions to a physical outcome
- Outline the complex interactions between organ systems that result in homeostasis
- Apply biological concepts to a range of contemporary issues
- Find scientific articles and critically evaluate the design and conclusions of biological experiments
- Summarise key findings related to complex biological topics
- Make judgements about the validity of statements made about biological processes by academics, journalists, politicians and other commentators.
- Atoms to cells
- Cells in action
- Body Bits: Metabolism and Human Organ Systems
- Getting it Together: The Human Individual
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject deals with human biology and the interactions of humans with the rest of the living world. Topics include: human genetics, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and evolution. Attention is paid to topics of current interest, such as emerging diseases, DNA technology, genetic engineering, cloning, and the impact of human activities on biodiversity and the biosphere. The subject is designed for students with no background in biology, however students whose area of study is biology are also encouraged to attend.
- 200 word statement (2%)
- reference list (8%)
- 2000 word essay (25%)
- Invigilated exam (50%)
- Weekly Quizzes (15%)