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School of Biological Sciences


Stage 2 courses

Second-year undergraduate courses are designed to build your knowledge base in specialised areas of Biological Sciences.

The Stage two offering is designed to provide a balanced and integrated approach to genetics, ecology, evolution, biochemistry, microbiology and plant and animal studies.

Stage two courses provide a basis for further specialised study and are prerequisites for certain Stage three courses. 

Students intending to advance to the postgraduate level in Biological Sciences should note the importance of a sound basis in Biometry (biological statistics). All students in Biological Sciences are strongly advised to include BIOSCI 209 BIOMETRY in their undergraduate programme.

Please note there is now two programmes available in Biological Sciences depending on what year you started your studies. Please refer to the following two pages to ensure that you are reading the correct information.

BIOSCI 201 Cellular and Molecular Biology


(15 points) (City) Semester One

The fundamental processes of the cell are examined to understand how cells reproduce and use information stored within the genome, express proteins for specific functions, and function within larger tissues. Specific modules examine stem cells, tissues and cellular development, cancer progression and the biology of tumours and the basis of immunity.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101, and 15 points from BIOSCI 106-109, MEDSCI 142, and 15 points from CHEM 110, 120, 150
Assessment: Incourse 60% (Theory 40%, Practical 20%), Examination 40%
Textbook: Lodish et al. (2012) Molecular Cell Biology. 8th Edn, Freeman.
Course Director: Dr David Goldstone
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84607
Email: d.goldstone@auckland.ac.nz
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Jones
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88703
Email: ks.jones@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 202 Genetics


(15 points) (City) Semester Two

The basic principles of mutation, recombination and genetic mapping are established in this course. These principles are developed in a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Laboratory work uses molecular, microbial and eukaryotic material to explore the key features of heredity.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101 and 15 points from BIOSCI 106-109
Assessment: Incourse 62.5% (Theory 37.5%, Practical 25%), Examination 37.5%
Recommended textbooks: Griffiths, Miller, Suzuki et. al., An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 10th edition, WH Freeman.
Pierce B.A., Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 5th edition, W.H. Freeman.
Course Director: Associate Professor Craig Millar
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85186
Email: cd.millar@auckland.ac.nz
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Jones
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88703
Email: ks.jones@auckland.ac.nz
 

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BIOSCI 203 Biochemistry


(15 points) (City) Semester Two

Presents core areas of modern biochemistry. Emphasis is on macromolecular structure and function. Areas covered include protein structure, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport in humans and other species, metabolism in mammals, proteases and human disease, cholesterol metabolism and transport and signal transduction.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101, 106 and 15 points from CHEM 110, 120
Assessment: Incourse 50% (Test 25%, Practical 25%), Examination 50%
Recommended textbooks: Berg et al. (2002), Biochemistry, 8th edition, W.H. Freeman.
Lodish et al. (2012), Molecular Cell Biology, 7th edition, Freeman.
Course Director: Associate Professor Shaun Lott
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87074
Email: s.lott@auckland.ac.nz
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Jones
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88703
Email: ks.jones@auckland.ac.nz
 

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BIOSCI 204 Principles of Microbiology


(15 points) (City) Semester One

An introduction to the diversity, physiology and functions of microorganisms (prokaryotes, eukaryotes, viruses) as individuals and as communities. The fundamental roles of microorganisms in ecosystems, health and disease are considered alongside methods for their isolation and study. Microbial applications in biotechnology, food production, agriculture and industry are also discussed.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101 and 15 points from BIOSCI 106-109
Assessment: Incourse 60% (Theory 40%, Practical 20%), Examination 40%
Textbook: Prescott, Harvey & Klein, Microbiology, 10th edition (2011), McGraw-Hill. Also available as an electronic book.
Course Director: Dr Gavin Lear
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82573
Email: g.lear@auckland.ac.nz
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Jones
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88703
Email: ks.jones@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 205 Plant, Cell and Environment


(15 points) (City) Semester Two

Unlike animals, plants cannot move to respond to changes in their environment. Plants have evolved diverse signaling systems and the ability to grow towards their essential resources. Explores the intricate ways plants function, how they are able to respond to developmental and environmental signals at the whole plant and cellular level.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101, 108
Assessment: Incourse 50% (Theory 25%, Practical 25%), Examination 50%
Prescribed textbook: Taiz, L., and Zeiger, E., Plant Physiology, 4th edition, Sinauer.
Coordinator: Dr Karine David
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83793
Email: k.david@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 206 Principles of Ecology


(15 points) (City) Semester One

An examination of ecosystem processes, factors that affect distribution and interactions of organisms, population ecology, and applications of ecology such as restoration and conservation. The key principles of ecology are taught in a New Zealand context emphasising an experimental approach.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101, 109, and STATS 101 or 108
Assessment: Incourse 60% (Day Trip Report 15%, Field Trip Report 25%, Test 20%), Examination 40%
Prescribed textbook: Molles, Ecology, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill.
Field trips: To be advised
Coordinator: Caroline Aspden
Phone: +64 9 923 9711
Email: c.aspden@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 207 Adaptive Form and Function


(15 points) (City) Semester Two

Biological adaptations of animals, including behaviour, morphology, physiology and life history. Topics covered include how animals navigate, physiological adaptations, behavioural ecology, animal reproduction and anti-predator defences.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 108, and BIOSCI 101 or 109
Assessment: Incourse 60% (Practical 20%, Test 40%), Examination 40%
Field Trip: To be advised
Coordinator: Associate Professor Greg Holwell
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83652
Email: g.holwell@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 208 Invertebrate Diversity


(15 points) (City) Semester One

Invertebrates make up over 95 percent of animal species. This course explores the biology of invertebrates with an emphasis on structure, function, life histories, behaviour and ecology. Invertebrate diversity is examined in a variety of environments, using New Zealand examples where possible, and provides the basis for advanced courses in conservation and marine ecology.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 108, and BIOSCI 101 or 109
Assessment: Incourse 60% (Theory 20%, Practical 40%), Examination 40%
Recommended textbooks: Anderson, D.T., Invertebrate Zoology, 2001, Oxford University Press
Coordinator: Professor Mary Sewell
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83758
Email: m.sewell@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 210 Evolution and the Biological Origin of Life


(15 points) (City) Semester Two

Covers basic concepts in evolutionary biology including Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection, phylogenetics, population genetics, molecular evolution, speciation and extinction. The extent to which Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection can explain the origins of biological complexity is explored.

Prerequisites: BIOSCI 109, and 15 points from BIOSCI 101-108
Assessment: Incourse 55% (1 Essay @ 15%, 2 Lab reports @ 10% each, 1 Test @ 20%), Examination 45%
Prescribed textbook: Stearns, S. and Hoekstra, R., Evolution: An Introduction, 2nd edition 2005, Oxford University Press.
Coordinator: Dr Anna Santure
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83801
Email: a.santure@auckland.ac.nz

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BIOSCI 220 Quantitative Biology


(15 points) (City) Semesters One and Two

Almost every biological discipline will require computational and analytical skills beyond using point-and-click software to enable the processing of biological data into biological information. Students will learn fundamentals of experimental design, data management, and data visualisation. Additionally, students will gain the skills required to critically analyse and interpret biological experiments, understanding how statistics can be both used and misused in the scientific literature.

Prerequisite: BIOSCI 101, and 30 points from BIOSCI 106-109
Recommended preparation: STATS 101
Coordinator: Associate Professor Nicole Cloonan
Phone: +64 9 923 3441 
Email: n.cloonan@auckland.ac.nz

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