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BIO2103 Biology 2

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Ursula Kennedy
Moderator: John Dearnaley


Pre-requisite: BIO1101


Biology 2 builds on the fundamental concepts of cell structure and function introduced in Biology 1 and provides a theoretical and practical foundation in the biological sciences for both science and non-science students. This course provides a detailed examination of basic animal and plant anatomy, reproduction, physiology and ecology which is essential for further study in biology.


The nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems of animals are introduced. This is followed by a study of the evolution and classification of plants and the morphology, anatomy, physiology and reproduction of flowering plants. The course concludes with an introduction to the principles of ecology. The residential school is a compulsory component of the external offering of this course.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the basic anatomical characteristics and functional features of each of the reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of some of the complex nervous and hormonal control mechanisms involved in controlling the reproductive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal systems;
  3. conduct simple physiological experiments and interpret the results of these experiments;
  4. outline the evolution of plants and identify the basic characteristics of some major plant groups;
  5. demonstrate familiarity with the basic anatomy, morphology, reproduction and physiology of flowering plants;
  6. give an overview of ecological principles and processes at the ecosystem level;
  7. demonstrate appreciation of the impact of humans and their activities on the environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Animals II: Nervous systems; Chemical signals in animals; Animal reproduction. 17.64
2. Animals III: Circulation in animals; Gas exchange in animals; Controlling the internal environment. 17.64
3. Plants l: The diversity of plants, plant evolution, lower plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, angiosperm morphology, angiosperm anatomy, angiosperm physiology. 11.80
4. Plants II: Reproduction and Secondary Growth; Angiosperms; Pollination; Seed formation and dispersal; Plant asexual reproduction; Plant secondary growth. 17.64
5. Plants III: Plant Physiology; Transpiration; Water and nutrient absorption; Transport of sugars; Plant hormones; Plant responses to external stimuli; Plant signalling. 17.64
6. Introductory Ecology - what is ecology? ecosystem components, flow of energy, biogeochemical cycles, systems ecology, human impact on the environment. 17.64

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Pechenik, JA 2010, A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 7th edn, Longman, New York.
  • Reece, JB, Meyers, N, Urry, LA, Cain, ML, Wasserman, SA, Minorsky, PV, Jackson, RB & Cooke, BN 2011, Biology, 9th edn, Pearson, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, California.
  • Withers, K & Kennedy, U 2013, BIO2103 Biology 2 Practical Notes and Exercises, USQ, Toowoomba.
  • Dissection Kit.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Jenkins GW, Kemnitz CP & Tortora GJ 2009, Anatomy and physiology: from science to life, 2nd International student edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Losos, JB, Mason, KA & Singer, SR 2008, Biology, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill, Raven, New York.
  • Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K 2013, Human Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin/Cummings, Menlo Park.
  • Raven, PH, Evert, RF & Eichhorn, SE 2005, Biology of Plants, 7th edn, Worth Publishers Inc, New York.
  • Taiz, L & Zeiger, E 2006, Plant Physiology, 4th edn, Sinauer Associates Inc, Massachusetts.
  • Tortora, GJ & Demickson, B 2006, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 11th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, USA.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 30.00
Directed Study 46.00
Examinations 3.00
Private Study 70.00
Residential Schools 18.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
1HR MID SEM M/C TEST 40 20 29 Aug 2014 (see note 1)
PRAC REPORT 1 100 15 14 Oct 2014 (see note 2)
PRAC REPORT 2 100 25 27 Oct 2014 (see note 3)
PART A 2 HR CLOSED M/C EXAM 80 25 End S2 (see note 4)
PT B OF 2 HR CLOSED S/A EXAM 40 15 End S2 (see note 5)

  1. Examiner will advise date of Mid-semester test.
  2. Examiner will advise due dates of Practical Reports 1 & 2.
  3. Examiner will advise due dates of Practical Reports 1 & 2.
  4. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
  5. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period of Semester 3 of the current academic year.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Make-up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  3. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested by the Examiner, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made. The examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.