Biological Sciences (2018)

Biological Sciences incorporates the major traditional biological disciplines of Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of Biochemistry, Physiology, Genetics, Ecology and Behaviour.

Prospective MSc candidates should discuss their 300 level papers with the Subject Convenor in order to ensure that a suitable number and combination of papers are taken.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in the Biological Sciences major (outside of existing guaranteed credit arrangements), Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in 2018. However, please note our new subjects in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Ecology and Biodiversity. Students enrolled in 2017 or previously should consult the Faculty of Science and Engineering for programme advice.


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  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB203Animal Structure and Function18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd...
  • 300 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL310Advanced Genetics18A (Hamilton)
    A study of advanced microbial and eukaryotic genetics, DNA topology, nucleotide sequencing, regulation of gene expression, uses of recombinant DNA technology, and population genetics.
    BIOL312Applied Terrestrial Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    A course that explores ecological principles, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, restoration, conservation genetics, conservation ecology, forest ecosystems, pest control and protection of native species.
    BIOL313Applied Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
    BIOL314Marine Biology and Monitoring18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This paper also covers human impacts on marine environments, including fisheries, as well as the design of ecological surveys and experiments. Field trip and practical classes are integral to the course.
    BIOL324Aquaculture Reproduction and Early Life Stages18B (Tauranga)
    Students will study the under-lying reproductive physiology and developmental biology of early life cycle strategies used by aquatic animal species. This knowledge will be examined for its use in the husbandry, breeding and production of species in aquaculture.
    BIOL325Plant Function18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the discipline of plant physiological ecology and the interactions of plants with their environment. Includes an emphasis on practical techniques for measuring plant microclimate, photosynthesis and water use.
    BIOL326Advanced Topics in Plant BiologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOL333Advanced Animal Behaviour18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. It applies behavioural information to conservation biology and animal welfare.
    BIOL335Mammalian Physiology18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of selected aspects of mammalian physiology, normally including the physiology of respiration, digestion, muscle, reproduction and lactation.
    BIOL338Advanced Zoology18B (Hamilton)
    An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates.
    BIOL341Microbial Physiology and Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    A study of the physiology of bacteria with emphasis on their great metabolic diversity and on the unifying principles of energy generation. Includes Archaebacteria and bacteria of extreme environments.
    BIOL351Advanced Biochemistry18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will examine mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, metabolic regulation in relation to control of enzyme activity and stability as well as human diseases (eg diabetes), mammalian vision, toxicology and inflammation.
    BIOL362Molecular Biology and Biotechniques18C (Block)
    This paper examines the molecular biological technologies used to analyse and manipulate DNA, RNA and proteins. It includes coverage of the major recombinant DNA techniques during an intensive two week course.
    ENMP322Biotechnology18B (Hamilton)
    Industrial biotechnology, applications of enzymes and micro-organisms, principles of bioreactor and fermenter design and operation, industrial separations, and purifying biological material.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(BioSc), PGDip(BioSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Res) and MSc(Tech)

    Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.

    To complete a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Biological Sciences, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally BIOL591).

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL503Data Analysis and Experimental Design18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of biological data using univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
    BIOL560Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, conservation, utilisation) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
    BIOL561Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the different types of models that may be applicable in aquatic ecosystem modelling, including statistical, empirical, and process-based models. The key steps to setting up a model application are covered as well as the limitations and pitfalls of each type of model. Applications of the models are demonstrated f...
    BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology18C (Block)
    This paper focuses on a variety of contemporary issues in marine ecology and biological oceanography, including fisheries biology and management, recruitment, ecology of disturbances, benthic-pelagic coupling, aquaculture and primary production.
    BIOL563Aquatic Field MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOL564Restoration Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on aspects of the health, vitality, resilience and restoration of ecosystems. Topics covered include restoration principles, theory and practice, lake restoration, river and stream restoration, wetland restoration and forest restoration.
    BIOL565Molecular Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper is open to students interested in molecular ecology, systematics, and environmental molecular biology. Topics covered include conservation and evolutionary genetics, molecular ecology, and phylogenetics.
    BIOL570Plant EcologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOL571Plant Function18B (Hamilton)
    The paper focuses on contemporary topics in plant environmental physiology, with an emphasis on the functioning of plants at the physiological, whole plant, and ecological level. Topics will include the acquisition of carbon and water by plants and limitations to plant productivity in natural and managed environments.
    BIOL572Animal Behaviour18B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary approaches to the study of animal behaviour, exploring literature on the function, evolutionary history, development and mechanisms of behaviour. Special attention will be devoted to developing an appreciation of experimental design and fostering...
    BIOL573Conservation Biology18A (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to explore the general principles of conservation biology, with special reference to threatened species, aquatic animals and plants.
    BIOL574Mammalian Physiology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines selected topics in the physiology of humans and other mammals. Students will develop an understanding of physiological control systems and the integration of mammalian structure and function.
    BIOL575Applied Topics in Physiology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines selected topics in the applied physiology of mammals, especially reproduction and lactation, in association with researchers in industry. Students will develop an understanding of the application of physiological knowledge and principles to commercial and medical technologies.
    BIOL576Animal Ecophysiology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an introduction to specified topics in animal environmental physiology. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the specified topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields. Students will develop an understanding of how anima...
    BIOL577Aquatic Toxicology18B (Block)
    This paper provides an introduction to specified topics in aquatic toxicology, including toxicology analysis and bioaccumulation. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the specific topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields. Students will ...
    BIOL580Human and Applied Microbiology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores topics on human-microorganism associations and interactions from an ecological perspective and various applications of microbiological knowledge.
    BIOL581Microbial Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers molecular microbial ecology, stable isotopes in microbial ecology, metagenomics, biogeography, and other current topics in microbial ecology.
    BIOL582Biomolecular Structure and Function18A (Hamilton)
    An in-depth examination of biomolecular structure and function using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
    BIOL583Molecular Biochemistry and Metabolism18B (Hamilton)
    An in-depth examination of molecular biochemistry and metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
    BIOL584Molecular Genetics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores how molecular biology and bioinformatic research contribute to our understanding of molecular genetics. Subjects covered include molecular technologies, comparative genomics and evolution, epigenetics, genetic diversity, genetic diseases, pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.
    BIOL585Human Genetics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the genetics of human evolution, adaptation and disease. The topics will extend from classical population genetics into contemporary areas of molecular biology and bioinformatics. Particular attention will be paid to key genetic changes that occurred during hominid evolution, polymorphic variations and disease s...
    BIOL588Special Topic18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Guided individual study on an aspect of biological sciences.
    BIOL590Directed Study18D (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    BIOL591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL593Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL594Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL595Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL800Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
    No description available.
  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL900Biological Sciences PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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