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Title: Biology and the Biological Sciences


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Biology and the Biological Sciences
Assoc Prof Dawn Gleeson Director of First year
Studies in Biology
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Why study Biology?
  • Biology underpins all major studies in the Life
    Sciences
  • Biology can be studied as breadth by students in
    other degrees apart from Science and Biomedicine

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Science students
  • Complete 100 points per year for 3 years 300
    points
  • Complete a major study (50pts of 300 level (third
    year) points in a discipline
  • 75 points breadth

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List of Majors
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry Molecular Biology
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation Australian Wildlife
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Immunology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Vision Science
  • Zoology

Those in yellow require Biology 650141 and 650142
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Biology as Breadth
  • Non Science students as breadth can complete
  • 650141 Biology of Cells and Organisms and/or
  • 650142 Genetics and the Evolution of Life and/or
  • 650111 Biology of Australian Flora and
    FaunaOne, two or all of the above
  • If you complete 650141 and 650142 you can go on
    to any second year Life Science subject as
    breadth eg., genetics, botany, zoology, anatomy,
    microbiology etc.

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Why study Biology?
  • If you want to complete a Life Sciences major you
    need Biology
  • It is a good complement the Physical Sciences and
    other combinations
  • It is a breadth subject that can lead to a
    sequence for those outside Science
  • It teaches you about yourself and the living
    world
  • Its fun!!

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Why study Biology?
  • If you want to complete a Life Sciences major you
    need Biology
  • It is a good elective to complement the Physical
    Sciences and other combinations
  • It teaches you about yourself and the living
    world
  • Its fun!!

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Biological Science Subjects at First Year
  • 650141- Biology of Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1, 12.5 points
  • 650142- Genetics and the Evolution of Life
  • Semester 2, 12.5 points
  • 650111- Biology of Australian Flora and Fauna
  • Semester 2, 12.5 points

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Life Sciences Major
Biology (essential) 650-141 Biology of Cells and
Organisms 650-142 Genetics the Evolution of
Life Chemistry (strongly recommended) One
of 610-101 Chemistry (610-171 Chemistry) and one
of 610-102 Chemistry
Plus 2 breadth subjects
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  • Semester 1
  • Biology of Cells and Organisms 12.5pts
  • Chemistry (610101, 610171) 12.5pts
  • 12.5pts breadth
  • Semester 2
  • Genetics and the Evolution of Life 12.5pts
  • Chemistry (610102) 12.5pts
  • 12.5pts breadth
  • Biology of Australian flora and fauna 12.5pts

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Biology only available to Bachelor of Biomedicine
Bachelor Of Engineering (Biomedical) Students
  • 650121- Molecules and Cells
  • Semester 1, 12.5 points
  • 650122- Genetics and Environment
  • Semester 2, 12.5 points

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What prerequisite do you need in VCE to study
Biology at First Year?
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What prerequisite do you need in VCE to study
Biology at First Year?
  • NONE

There will be extra assistance for students
without VCE Biology
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Does this mean if I got gt40 for VCE Biology
will I be bored?
  • NO

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What do you do in Biology?
  • Learn about the unity and diversity of life
  • you have per week
  • three 50 minute lectures
  • a one hour tutorial
  • a three hour practical every second week
  • a Independent Learning task every second week

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  • Biology of cells and Organisms

Lectures Practical ILT
Tutorial
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The Lectures
  • 3 per week - 50 mins each
  • Commence in week 1
  • 500 students
  • different staff
  • experts in the field inwhich they lecture
  • multimedia
  • lecture notes
  • lectopia

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The practicals
  • One every second week
  • commence week 2 Group A week 3 Group B
  • In modern laboratory
  • 110 per class
  • 7 staff
  • Instructions and demonstrations shown on LCD
    screens
  • Multimedia
  • Laboratory Manual

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The Tutorials
  • One per week
  • Commence Week 1 with aMeet and Greet tutorial
  • 30 per class
  • One tutor per semester
  • Tutorial questions

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Independent Learning Tasks
  • One per fortnight
  • Commence week 1 everyone
  • On-line
  • 60 computers in Biology
  • Notes in Laboratory Manual

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  • Cell Biology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Mitosis and Meoisis
  • Immunology
  • Genetic Principles
  • Genetics and Gene Manipulation
  • Biodiversity
  • The Living Cell
  • Embryology
  • Virtual FlyLab

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What do we do to assist your transition from
school to Uni?
  • A Biology Learning Centre with Tutors on Duty

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The Biology Learning Centre
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What do we do to assist your transition from
school to Uni?
  • a Biology Learning Centre with Tutors on Duty
  • lecture summaries
  • notes and practice exams on the web
  • email contact and Independent Learning Tasks for
    revision or for enhancement
  • compensatory pass
  • Biology staff are very approachable!

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Visit our web site http//www.
biology.unimelb.edu.au
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What is different about Uni Life and in
particular Biology at Uni?
  • freedom
  • having to do things for yourself
  • Classes - large lectures and pracs
  • Location - 3 venues
  • Equipment and Manuals etc.,- have to sort this
    out yourself
  • Handing in practicals /tests/assignments
  • Follow-up to lectures tutes and pracs
  • much more detail in subjects
  • more independent work of your own expected
  • lots of new people from all cultures and
    backgrounds
  • lots of distractions!!

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Orientation Sessions
  • Important Biology information sessions
  • Wednesday February 27th (repeats)
  • 2.00pm Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre OR
  • 3.00pm Asia Centre-Carrillo Gantner Theatre OR
  • 4.00pm Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre

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  • See you in Biology!

Biology Office Level 5 Redmond Barry Building
ph 8344 4881 Coordinator Assoc/Prof Dawn
Gleeson Ph 8344 4765 (Genetics room 1.07)
d.gleeson_at_unimelb.edu.au
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