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
OfferedSunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (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 be able to:

  1. Understand and comprehend concepts and processes related to molecular genetics, genetic engineering and the biochemistry and physiology of organ systems, including homeostasis, nervous and muscular-skeletal systems, animal reproduction and development and nutrition;

  1. Understand the nature of microbial diversity, in particular how it relates to human health and disease;

  1. Demonstrate competency in laboratory procedures and techniques, including Gram staining, aseptic techniques, gel electrophoresis, and spectrophotometry;

  1. Demonstrate competency in designing experiments, gathering data and analysing and presenting summative data in meaningful and accurate ways;

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

  1. Utilise skills in the use of library catalogues and databases to locate published information and synthesize such into essays and practical reports.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2.5-hour practical