Unit Structure and Timetable
BIOL 108 is offered in both an internal mode and an external mode. Internal students attend three 1 hour lectures per week. Since some topics in this unit are not dealt with in the textbook, it is important to attend all lectures. Students who do not attend all lectures often find it difficult to pass the Unit.
The external mode is offered to anyone who has difficulty attending live lectures because of timetable clashes, work commitments, or living some distance from the campus. For those students, lectures are recorded and distributed through the iLearn website.
There are no practical sessions in this course. For those students who want some experience with experimental biology and laboratory work, the other first year Biology courses (BIOL114, Evolution and Biodiversity & BIOL115, The Thread of Life) are recommended.
BIOL108 has a large enrolment, so large that it is impossible to fit all students into a single lecture theater. Because of this, we run two lecture streams. Students should enroll in either stream 1, or stream 2, not a mixture of both.REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS
Lecture Notes and Textbook:
Lecture notes containing copies of material used in lectures will be available for download as pdf files from iLearn. I strongly recommend that you print out notes before attending lectures.
The textbook for the course is: Mader, Sylvia M. Inquiry into Life McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Any of the recent editions of this text are suitable (2004-2012). There is no textbook that is entirely appropriate for this unit, but Inquiry into Life has a number of useful features that are relevant to the general philosophy behind BIOL108. Almost any recent introductory biology textbook can also provide useful background to this unit. Popular scientific journals such as New Scientist and Scientific American contain articles written in a style that is easy to read and understand. Such journals are a good source for summaries of recent developments in human biology.
I suggest that anyone who wants a good and very readable overview of modern science, including Biology, should read Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ ISBN: 0552997048
UNIT WEBPAGE AND TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
The iLearn Website
All lectures in this unit will be recorded and available through the iLearn web site: (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/)
Your username is your Student ID number (8 digits on your student card). Your password is your Macquarie OneID student password (sent to you when you enrolled). There is a help page available: (http://www.mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/)
If you are having trouble logging on, you should contact Student IT Help on:
- +61 2 9850-HELP (also known as x4357)
On the iLearn site you will find links to each week’s lecture notes as pdf files. You will also find a link to Echo360, where you can download recordings of every lecture. The page also contains important details about assessments and tests, an Announcement Page and a Bulletin Board. We expect you to log on to iLearn several times each week so you can:
- Check for subject announcements
- Download lecture notes (available as pdf files)
- Download lecture recordings
- Complete weekly On-Line Quizzes
- Post messages and questions on the Bulletin Board
- Check your grades