Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway October intake 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gerry Rayner and Dr Coral Warr (Clayton); Dr. Lee Wai Leng (Sunway)


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 be able to:

  1. Recognise and understand biological concepts and processes including cell biology and biochemistry, genetics, diversity, evolution and ecology;

  1. Display competence and precision in the use of laboratory equipment including pipettes, spectrophotometers and microscopes;

  1. Formulate hypotheses, make predictions and carry out scientific experiments to test such;

  1. Collect experimental data, evaluate it and present it in meaningful ways using appropriate software;

  1. Communicate scientific principles and information underlying biology-related topics in written formats and using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;

  1. Perform library catalogue and database searches to locate and synthesize appropriate information for practical reports.


Examination (2.5 hours): 45%
Practical work: 35%
Mini quizzes: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2.5-hour practical