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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gerry Rayner (Clayton); Associate Professor Song Keang Peng (Sunway)


A study of the biology of whole organisms, organ systems and cells, including molecular genetics, and the effect of environmental parameters on biological functions. The biology of microbes and animals is emphasised. Ecological factors that are biologically important at the level of integrated whole organisms and at cellular, subcellular, and biochemical levels are considered for each organism under study. As for BIO1011 the unit is structured to encourage self paced learning with considerable feed back on individual performance.


On completion of this unit, students will have a good understanding of microbial diversity, molecular genetics and genetic engineering and the biochemistry and physiology of organ systems, including homeostasis, nervous and muscular-skeletal systems, animal reproduction and development and nutrition. Students will gain further skills in laboratory procedures and techniques, including Gram staining, gel electrophoresis, and spectrophotometry. Students will also gain skills in data analysis and the use of computer software for such. Interactive practicals include topics in field biology and the structure of the mammalian reproductive system. Finally, students will further their skills in using library facilities, including the use of research databases.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gerry Rayner

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical