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Biology 1 (8772.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit introduces some of the basic processes exhibited by living organisms. This unit follows on from Introduction to Biology and extends on the foundations of biology enabling later studies in areas related to the life sciences. The subject examines the characteristics of living organisms and the structure of cells; energy flow, nutrition and metabolism; information storage and gene expression; and reproduction and inheritance. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of these processes to the human model as well as ecological and environmental systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills in applying knowledge of some basic concepts in biology in the area of cell organisation, metabolism, reproduction and inheritance;

2. Apply skills in the interpretation of biological phenomena;

3. Apply skills in the collection, recording, analysis and interpretation of biological data;

4. Apply skills in effective written and oral communication; and

5. Apply skills in the design and conduct of simple experiments.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

6 hours per week.


Introduction to Biology, 8774.



Assumed Knowledge


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