Assessment for this unit consists of a mixture of quizzes, a written assignment, a short test and a final exam. Submission of all assessments and completion of all tests is essential for adequate progress, since all assessment tasks are required to master the content of this unit. Most importantly, it will be essential to keep pace with the quizzes, as marks accrue weekly throughout the semester.
Students must receive at least a PASS (≥ 50%) for the in-session assessment tasks (weighting of 60%) and must also achieve at least a PASS (≥ 50%) in the final exam (weighting of 40%) in order to pass this unit.
All assessments will be graded and marks returned to students within three weeks of the assessment due date. Marks will be available on Gradebook in iLearn. Feedback on the written assignment will be provided through Turnitin when the marks are released.
Weekly ‘lecture’ quizzes:
Quiz questions will be inserted into the lecture slides each week, based on the lecture material. Quizzes will be open on iLearn each week from 9 am Monday to 9 am Wednesday. Once you start the quiz you have 12 minutes to complete it and you are only allowed one attempt. These questions are designed in part to ensure you have covered the lecture material before the practicals so you have the best opportunity to learn from the practical exercises. There are a total of 12 weekly quizzes, starting in Week 2. The quizzes will be automatically marked and the marks and correct answers will be released once the submission window has closed.
Weekly ‘practical’ quizzes:
These quiz questions will be based on the material covered in the practicals. Questions will be available on iLearn in the last 15 minutes of the practical sessions. Answers must be submitted before you leave the practical session and you are only allowed one attempt. These questions are designed to test your understanding of the practical exercises. There are a total of 10 practical quizzes. The quizzes will be automatically marked and the marks and correct answers will be released once all of the practical sessions for that topic (including externals) have finished.
Students will choose a physiological process from a list provided and write a 1000-word report (including references in Harvard style) on its control points, impact on overall cell function and response to the environment. A rubric which outlines the assessment criteria will be made available on iLearn.
This report is due by 11:59 pm Sunday 7 May 2017 (end of Week 8) and must be submitted through the Turnitin link in the Week 8 section of iLearn (no hardcopy is required). Students are reminded that Turnitin is plagiarism checking software and all assignments must comply with the Academic Honesty Policy of the university, which can read at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html.
Apart from plagiarising other external sources of material, be aware that your work will be cross-checked against other students’ work. We encourage you to discuss ideas with your fellow students but you must write original work for submission. Assignments can only be submitted to Turnitin once, so make sure your assignment is finalised before you submit.
The mid-semester test will be closed book, will take 50 minutes and will be held in the Tuesday lecture timeslot in Week 7 (Tuesday 11 April 2016) in the regular lecture theatre. The test will consist of short-answer questions and cover all lecture and practical content up to and including Week 6 (i.e. lectures 1-12 and practicals 1-5). Calculators without text retrieval capacity will be allowed into the exam room.
The final exam will be closed book and three hours duration and held in the official university examination period at the end of the session. The exam will consist of short- and extended-answer questions. The short-answer questions will be drawn from the sample short answer questions made available each week on iLearn. Calculators without text retrieval capacity will be allowed into the exam room. For further information please see the university examination policy at: https://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/schedule_4.html