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Undergraduate | MAQ-BIOX1210 | 2024
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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.
- Study method
- Online & on-campus
- Subject may require attendance
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 18 weeks
- 19 Feb 2024
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
On successful completion of this unit, you 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
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This unit is for anyone interested in humans, and how humans interact with the rest of the living world. BIOX1210 will give you an introductory overview of several fundamental topics essential for understanding the structure, function, and processes within the human body. The subjects covered in the course include basic introductions to anatomy and physiology, cellular metabolism, reproduction, genetics, disease, and human evolution. To understand issues such as genetic engineering, cloning, assisted reproductive technologies, antibiotic resistance or the emergence of new human diseases requires a familiarity with modern biological knowledge. We aim to equip you with this knowledge and help to unlock a journey of self-discovery about incredible mysteries within your own body. The unit content is dealt with in such a way that students without prior studies in biology will not be at a disadvantage, however biology students are also encouraged to take this unit.
- Reference List (15%)
- Practical class participation and quizzes (30%)
- Final exam (40%)
- Reflective Writing (15%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-BIOX108 (Not currently available)
- Attendance requirements - 5 x 1 hour workshops at the North Ryde campus. These workshops help expand the student knowledge in a few key topics from the course e.g. Reflective Writing; Cell Biology; Genetics; Metabolism; Chemistry.
- Placement requirements - 3 x 3 hour practical classes at the North Ryde campus, covering basic science lab techniques relevant to human biology. Microscopy for Beginners; Pipetting Basics; Foundations in Anatomy and Aseptic Technique
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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