The primary means of communication for this unit is via iLearn™which can be accessed by most web browsers from inside or outside the University.
We expect you to use iLearn for:
- Doing the Weekly Quizzes
- Regularly checking subject announcements (at least twice per week)
- Discussing the unit and its content with staff and other students
- Downloading Lecture and Practical materials
- Downloading reference materials
Logging in to iLearn
UNIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum requirements include:
- Submit all assessments and attempt all exams
- Attend at least 7/10 practical sessions
If you know you will miss a practical or if you missed one, please email the First Year Coordinator: email@example.com
Inform tutor that you have submitted consideration and ensure the role is marked accordingly.
There may be alternative practical slots available for you to catch up on the missed practical, including attending the on-campus session. Please contact the First Year Coordinator to ensure there is room for you.
Students who miss more than 3 out of the 10 practicals are unable to pass the unit.
The University grading is: fail (F <50%), pass (P 50%-64%), credit (CR 65%-74%), distinction (D 75%-84%) and high distinction (HD 85%-100%).
Disruption to Study
If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24-28, 2017. If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.
Assignment submission, Turnitin and Plagiarism
This is a paperless unit so no paper submissions will be required. All written assignments will be submitted through iLearn via a Turnitin link.
Turnitin is an online program that detects plagiarised pieces of work by comparing your writing with other published work including:
- websites, books, journal articles
- other submitted assignments - from across the world in the current or past years
Plagiarism involves using the work of another person and presenting it as one's own. To avoid plagiarism,
- prepare your work well ahead of the due date
- write in your own words (no copy paste)
- cite the source of the information you are writing about
Do not under any circumstances lend your work to another student. If that student plagiarises your work you too may be liable.
The penalties imposed by the University for plagiarism are serious and may include expulsion from the University.
A full outline of the Universities policy on plagiarism is found at http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html.
Extensions and penalties
10% will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. If you are unable to submit the assignment by the due date, then an extension must be sought before the due date unless this is absolutely impossible. To support your extension you may be asked to submit a special consideration. All applications for extensions of deadlines must be submitted to the First Year Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES and SUPPORT
How to find the answers
- Please read the unit outline
- Consult iLearn - often the majority of questions have already been asked and answered
- If the answer to a question will benefit others, please post it on iLearn. We will answer it in time.
- First Year Coordinator: questions about practical class allocations, mark queries and organising alternative times for assessments or extensions.
- Scientific officer: only during practical classes and only technical questions
- Tutor: questions throughout practical sessions and specific queries about assignments
- Unit convenors: lecture content, withdrawal, personal issues
- Unexpected adjustments made during the course will announced via announcements so make sure you check iLearn regularly.
- Always put the subject in the subject line i.e. BIOL114 – if you do not do this you risk the email not being noticed
- Please be courteous and patient - we will endeavour to reply to your email within 48 hours
The textbook for BIOL114 (and BIOL115) is Campbell Biology (10th Edition, Australian and NZ edition).
The book is available in hard copy from the campus co-op shop (for around $170) or as ebook (for around $60).
The textbook comes with an electronic resource called 'Mastering Biology' (for an extra cost), which includes animations, exercises and a question bank for study. We recommend the use of Mastering Biology to fully engage with the material, but will not use it formally during the course.
The text book is also available in the library and there might be earlier editions available second hand that are also suitable.
Pechenik’s guide to writing about biology is also recommended for this course as well as the following website.
This website is comprehensive and will be incredibly useful throughout the semester.