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 II offering consists of a selection from ten courses. It is designed to provide a balanced and integrated approach to genetics, ecology, evolution, biochemistry, microbiology and plant and animal studies.
Stage II courses provide a basis for further specialised study and are prerequisites for certain Stage III courses. For example, students advancing in either Biochemistry or Cellular and Molecular Biology should take both BIOSCI 201 and BIOSCI 203 at Stage II.
To advance to Stage III courses most students will require at least three courses from the Stage II selection. Most courses have a limited-entry based on the grade point average (GPA) calculated from results attained in previous semesters.
A minimum of one course (15 points) must be taken from at least two of the following groups:
- BIOSCI 201 Semester 1 (City) Cellular & Molecular Biology
- BIOSCI 202 Semester 2 (City) Genetics
- BIOSCI 203 Semester 2 (City) Biochemistry
- BIOSCI 206 Semester 1 (City) Principles of Ecology
- BIOSCI 207 Semester 2 (City) Adaptive Design
- BIOSCI 210 Semester 2 (City) Evolution and the Origins of Life
- BIOSCI 204 Semester 1 (City) Applied and Environmental Microbiology
- BIOSCI 205 Semester 2 (City) Plant, Cell and Environment
- BIOSCI 208 Semester 1 (City) Invertebrate Diversity
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.
This course is not available in 2012.
(15 points) (City) Semester One
The basic structures of biomolecules, the structure of cells and their organisation into tissues and organs, and viruses, are examined first. This is followed by a study of the nucleus, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis and the regulation of gene expression. Further sections deal with cellular development, cell growth and cancer, and the basis of immunity. Laboratory classes deal with light and electron microscopy, preparation and analysis of DNA, recombinant DNA technology, immunochemical techniques, and measurement of cell growth.
Prerequisites: BIOSCI 101, 30 points from (BIOSCI 102-107, MEDSCI 142) and 15 points from CHEM 110, 120, 150.
Coordinator: Dr Ken Scott
Assessment: Incourse 40% (Theory 25%, Practical 15%), Examination 60%.
Textbook: Lodish et al., Molecular Cell Biology, 6th edition (2008), Freeman.
(15 points) (City) Semester Two
The basic principles of mutation, recombination and genetic mapping are established in this course. These principles are then 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: 30 points from Stage I Biological Sciences including BIOSCI 101.
Coordinator: Associate Professor Brian Murray
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, New York.
Pierce B.A., Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 3rd edition, W.H. Freeman.
(15 points) (City) Semester Two
This course 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, BIOSCI 106 and 15 points from either CHEM 110 or CHEM 120.
Coordinator: Associate Professor Tom Brittain
Assessment: Incourse 50% (Test 25%, Practical 25%), Examination 50%.
Recommended textbooks: Berg et al., Biochemistry, 6th edition (2002), W.H. Freeman.
Lodish et al., Molecular Cell Biology, 6th edition (2008), Freeman.