Biology

Lectures: Three 1-hour lectures per week
Tutorials: Not applicable
Laboratories: One practical class (3 hours) per fortnight
Course coordinators:  David S. Seldon, Mel Collings
Teaching staff: School of Biological Sciences (SBS) teaching staff from the undergraduate team cover lectures and laboratories for both courses.

BIOSCI 94F S1 FOUNDATION BIOLOGY 1

An introduction to biological sciences with an emphasis on organism diversity which includes bacteria, plants, fungi and animals. Fundamentals of classification, ecology and evolution are introduced and the study of a current topic in biology is used to develop research and critical thinking skills. Practical classes are both laboratory-based and field-based.

BIOSCI 95F S2 FOUNDATION BIOLOGY 2

Concepts introduced in BIOSCI 94F are further developed, with an emphasis on the structures and processes of living organisms at cellular and molecular levels. Cell biology, genetic principles and biochemistry are explored and further developed in a human biological context. Laboratories focus on students developing key practical skills

Assessment (Semesters One and Two)

Coursework: 50% (20% theory, 30% practical)
Final examination: 50% (2 hours)  

Recommended reading

Simon, Reece and Dickey,  Essential Biology with Physiology 4th Edition. This text is recommended for both semesters and will be referred to in lectures. It will be available via The University of Auckland Library and/or secondhand. The tutors will provide biology resources and activity manuals for each student.