2018 Summer School Subject List

Life and Evolution (BIOL1006) - Opens 09 Oct 2017

Faculty: Science
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

Instructors:
(1)  Brad Evans - bradley.evans@sydney.edu.au

Contacts:
(1)  SOLES Education - soles.education@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 15 Jan 2018 
End Date: 21 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 120 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 09 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No

Prerequisites:

  1. Prohibitions - 

    BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1996

Description

Processing of applications for this subject have been unexpectedly delayed per faculty advice. We will advise as soon as they have confirmed.

Biology is an immensely diverse science. Biologists study life at all levels, from the fundamental building blocks (genes, proteins) to whole ecosystems in which myriads of species interact.

Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour, to dealing with disease. Evolution through natural selection is the framework in biology in which specific details make sense.

This unit explores how new species continue to arise while others go extinct and discusses the role of mutations as the raw material on which selection acts. It explains how information is transferred between generations through DNA, RNA and proteins, transformations which affect all aspects of biological form and function.

Science builds and organises knowledge of life and evolution in the form of testable hypotheses. You will participate in inquiry-led practical classes investigating single-celled organisms and the diversity of form and function in plants and animals.

By doing this unit of study, you will develop the ability to examine novel biological systems and understand the complex processes that have shaped those systems.

Assessment

One 2-hour exam, assignment, group project presentation and quizzes (100%).

Timetable

Start Date: 15 Jan 2018     End Date: 21 Feb 2018

Lectures

Mon 10:00 - 12:00

Wed 10:00 - 12:00

Practicals

Thurs 14:00 - 17:00

Mid Session Exam
Wed 31st Jan, 10:00 Start (1 hr exam)
Final Exam
Mon 26th Feb, 10:00 Start (2 hr exam & 10 mins reading time)

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