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BIOS1172: Biological Aspects of Ageing (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS1172: Biological Aspects of Ageing (6 CP)
Mode: Distance Education
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Discipline of Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Knight, Peter
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study examines the physiological changes associated with the normal processes of ageing and the decrease in functional capacity which occurs as a result. It will include a physiological explanation of ageing in relation to the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, nervous, musculoskeletal, renal and endocrine systems and the skin. An understanding of the normal processes of ageing will help health professionals to interpret the ageing experience from the point of view of the client, understand the functional limitations which result from ageing, and differentiate 'normal' from 'abnormal' ageing.
Assumed Knowledge: 6 credit points of any Junior Biology
Timetable: BIOS1172 Timetable
T&L Activities: independent learning package with email support, no on-campus attendance required
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (30%) end semester exan (70%)


Mid semester and End semester Examination Details

Multiple choice questions only.

MID SEMESTER EXAMINATION covers material from topics 1 – 3.


It is of 40 minutes duration.

It will have 25 questions.

END SEMESTER EXAMINATION will cover material from topics 1 – 10.

Multiple Choice exam in weeks 15/16

It is of 120 minutes duration.

It will have 70 questions.

For both exams:

All questions will be based on

* Material in the manual AND

* Material in the additional readings.
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• Plagiarism
• Fabrication of data
• Recycling previously submitted material
• Engaging someone else to complete an assessment on one’s behalf
• Misconduct during supervised assessments.

The penalties for academic misconduct may include:

• A mark of zero on the assessment
• A fail grade in the unit of study
• Additional assessment (including an unseen exam)
• Reference of the matter to the University Registrar.

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Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.