Unit aim

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

  • This book is available in various editions, any of which could be used: Reece, JB, Taylor, MR, Simon, EJ & Dickey, JL, 2015, Campbell Biology: Pearson New International Edition: Concepts and Connections, 8th edn, Pearson, San Francisco. ISBN: 9781292057804.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hrs (11 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills15%
Quiz15%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills15%
Quiz15%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hrs (11 weeks)
Assessment
Practical skills15%
Quiz15%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (as required)
Residential session 3 days (once)
Assessment
Practical skills15%
Quiz15%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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