Faculty of Science

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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gerry Rayner


A study of the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities; responses of organisms to environmental conditions; interactions between plants and animals; environmental genetics and microbiology; management of biological resources; and an introduction to ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. As for BIO1011 the unit is structured to encourage self-paced learning with considerable feedback on individual performance.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and importance of biodiversity, evolutionary concepts and processes, aspects of the evolution of the Australian biota and the nature of biogeochemical cycles;

  1. Work in teams to discuss, design and implement a field experiment, including the gathering, analysis and presentation of data using appropriate software;

  1. Undertake field observations of a species and collate, input and analyse such data;

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

  1. Demonstrate and utilise skills in the use of library catalogues and databases to locate suitable information for essays and practical reports.


Examinations (2.5 hours): 40%
Practical work: 30%
Essay: 10%
Miniquizzes: 20%

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Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2.5-hour practical (or tutorial equivalent) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study