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BIO1011 - Biology I

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Gordon Sanson, Dr Gerry Rayner


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)


A study of animal and plant biology and diversity from genes to whole organisms. The structure and function of plant and animal cells is examined with an emphasis on energy fixation, storage and usage. Principles of genetics, including advances in molecular biology, and current views of evolutionary processes and ecology are integrated into a structured course that offers considerable feedback on progress and opportunities for self paced learning. The subject matter of BIO1011 is continued and expanded in BIO1022 and BIO1042.


On completion of this unit students will understand biological processes from the level of cell biochemistry to whole organism biology; diversity and evolutionary processes as a basis for further study in biological and biomedical disciplines; develop skills in library research; develop a critical approach to scientific methods; develop skills in using basic laboratory equipment; develop skills in data evaluation and presentation.


Examination (2.5 hours): 40%
Practical work: 30%
Essay: 10%
Mini quizzes: 20%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical