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BIO2103 Biology 2

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Biology 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010999 - Biological Sciences not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Ursula Kennedy


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 evolution of animals and the tissue and organ 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. This course contains a highly recommended residential school for external students and highly recommended on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. differentiate between the main groups of vertebrates and invertebrates and classify organisms into these groups;
  2. describe basic animal structure in terms of tissues and organ systems;
  3. outline the ways in which animals acquire nutrients and describe the structure and function of organs associated with this process;
  4. describe the basic anatomical characteristics and functional features of each of the reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of some of the complex nervous and hormonal control mechanisms involved in controlling the reproductive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal systems;
  6. conduct simple physiological experiments and interpret the results of these experiments;
  7. outline the evolution of plants and identify the basic characteristics of some major plant groups;
  8. demonstrate familiarity with the basic anatomy, morphology, reproduction and physiology of flowering plants;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Animals I: Overview - invertebrates and the origin of animal diversity, the vertebrate genealogy, an introduction to the animal structure and function, animal nutrition. 17.64
2. Animals II: Nervous systems; Chemical signals in animals; Animal reproduction. 17.64
3. Animals III: Circulation in animals; Gas exchange in animals; Controlling the internal environment. 17.64
4. Plants l: The diversity of plants, plant evolution, lower plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, angiosperm morphology, angiosperm anatomy, angiosperm physiology. 11.80
5. Plants II: Reproduction and Secondary Growth; Angiosperms; Pollination; Seed formation and dispersal; Plant asexual reproduction; Plant secondary growth. 17.64
6. Plants III: Plant Physiology; Transpiration; Water and nutrient absorption; Transport of sugars; Plant hormones; Plant responses to external stimuli; Plant signalling. 17.64

Text and Materials

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. (

Kennedy, U and Dearnaley, J 2019, Biology 1 Practical Notes and Exercises, QLD, Australia.
(to be downloaded from the study desk.)
Pechenik, JA 2016, A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 9th edn, Longman, New York.
Urry, LA, Meyers, N, Cain, ML, Wasserman, SA, Minorsky and Reece, JB 2018, Campbell Biology, 11th edn, Pearson, California.
(Australian Version.)
Laboratory Coat.

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 2012, Anatomy and physiology: from science to life, 3rd International student edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Losos, JB, Mason, KA & Singer, SR 2020, Biology, 12th edn, McGraw-Hill, Raven, New York.
Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K 2017, Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edn, Benjamin/Cummings, Menlo Park.
Raven, PH, Evert, RF & Eichhorn, SE 2013, Biology of Plants, 8th edn, Worth Publishers Inc, New York.
Taiz, L & Zeiger, E 2015, Plant Physiology and Development, 6th edn, Sinauer Associates Inc, Massachusetts.
Tortora, GJ & Demickson, B 2014, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 14th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, USA.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 30.00
Directed Study 39.00
Examinations 3.00
Private Study 70.00
Residential Schools 18.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Mid Semester OnlineExamination 60 25 19 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
Practical Report 1 100 20 05 Oct 2021 (see note 2)
Practical Report 2 100 30 19 Oct 2021
Open Examination - Online 60 25 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner will advise date of the test.
  2. Examiner will advise due dates of Practical Reports 1 & 2.
  3. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instructions regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via Uconnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students are highly recommended to attend the residential school and on-campus students are highly recommended to attend the scheduled laboratories or practical classes as the residential school and laboratories or practical classes are linked to an assessment or an element of assessment preparation. 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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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.

Date printed 8 November 2021