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Module 1 – Biology 1
An overview highlighting the unification of the form and function of living organisms from prokaryotes to humans which relates the laws of physics and chemistry to the fundamental processes and morphologies of living organisms. Addressed conceptually as the acquisition, distribution, storage, and allocation of energy and materials, and the mechanisms involved in growth, development and reproduction at the molecular and cellular levels of organization.
The larger issues of population community and ecosystems processes are considered with reference to biotechnology, medical andsocial concerns.
Concepts include: aerobic and anaerobic energy production, metabolism (size and activity, rate and temperature), heat exchange and temperature regulation, gas exchange, circulation and gas transport,excretion, biomechanics (size and structural support, locomotion, fluid dynamics), growth and development (including interactions with environment, i.e sensory systems and cellular signalling)reproduction, innate immunity, memory, and learning, ageing, senescence and death
These will be integrated to address stress as a biological reality from such sources as environmental,water availability and dehydration, low and high temperature, Oxygen distribution and hypoxia.