Foundations of Biology

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Biology

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Biology is the study of living things. But what is "living"? Cells are considered the basic structural unit of life, existing in diverse forms from simple single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms such as plants and animals. Using collaborative approaches in workshops and the laboratory you will investigate the diverse nature of cells and consider how they are built and powered and how they interact and reproduce. You will use the concepts developed in this unit to discuss more complex questions such as "are viruses alive" and "can we synthesise life"?
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
    1. retrieve and evaluate information to answer key questions relating to cell biology and the processes and molecules that are required for normal cell function
    2. work collaboratively with peers to undertake and critically analyse experimental tasks in cell biology
    3. demonstrate a basic level of competency in laboratory skills and effective analysis and communication of experimental results
    4. present a coherent scientific argument to peers to address a key question or solve a problem in cell biology

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