Global Challenges in Biology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Challenges in Biology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview


    Course DescriptionThis course details the living world of which we are a part, from microbe to ecosystem. It provides clear cases of how our health, our quality of life & our future is intricately linked to the well-being of other organisms & the environment we all share. The course will provide students with a foundation for understanding & facing the environmental & health challenges facing humans & the planet.


    Course Introduction
    Every aspect of our lives is impacted by the organisms around us. As the primary source of our foods, fuels, drugs, shelter and clothing, and as agents of our disease and famine, life in its full diversity defines us, the ecosystems we inhabit, and the planet we depend upon. This course details the living world of which we are a part, from microbe to ecosystem. It provides clear cases of how our health, our quality of life and our future is intricately linked to the well-being of other organisms and the environment we all share. With momentous environmental and health challenges on humankind?s immediate horizon, we have a moral responsibility to understand and protect our planet for future generations. This course provides you with the foundation to do so.
    Please ensure that you include your UQ student number and the course code in all correspondence.
    SIGNING UP FOR BIOL1030 LECTURES, PRACS, Tutorials and field trips!!!!
    Pick one of the two lecture streams - you will attend three lectures a week in that stream. Pick one of the prac sessions. You will attend 1 practical class a week - each practical class runs for approx 3 hours. The tutorials (also called PASS) are not mandatory, they are however highly correlated with success in the course. We encourage you to sign up for one of these a week. You will not sign up for your field trip until a few weeks into the semester.
    Details about field trips will be provided to you in lectures and practical classes.
    Opportunities for work/research experience and networking - Students have often asked how they can obtain experience outside of class in doing biology research. To address this we have incorporated an opportunity to become involved in real data collection working alongside local creek catchment groups into our practical class activities. Keep an eye on the course blackboard site for this as well as other volunteer opportunities in biology.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Describe the characteristics of the broad diversity of life and the evolutionary trends within each of these kingdoms
    2. Describe the fundamental principles underlying the field of ecology
    3. Describe the features of the planet?s major ecosystems
    4. Conduct and analyse simple laboratory and field studies and report your findings clearly and concisely
    5. Appreciate how the biological and ecological sciences contribute to social debates and decision-making on conservation and environmental issues
    6. Develop scientific approaches to ecological studies and environmental issues, and to express your views clearly and concisely
    Class contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.