Unit description

Covers material on cell structure, physio-chemical cellular responses, plant and animal physiology, structure and diversity, elementary genetics, population concepts, natural selection and evolution as well as the necessary practical techniques required to demonstrate biological processes in living organisms. Initiates the development of competence in practical skills and scientific report writing.

Unit content

Introduction to biological hierarchies - molecules to biosphere · Life criteria, cell theory, cell, tissue and organ structure · Photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration · Plant structure, diversity and classification · Animal physiology, structure, diversity and classification · Cell replication, genetics and heredity, molecular genetics · Evolution

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Reece, JB, Taylor, MR, Simon, EJ & Dickey, JL, 2012, Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, 7th edn, Benjamin Cummings Publisher, San Francisco. ISBN: 0-321-76158-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Practical skills10%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1.5 hour (2 weeks)
Residential session 6 hours (3 days over one week)
Practical session 3 hours (3 days over one week)
Practical skills10%
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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