Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia October intake 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gerry Rayner (Clayton); Dr. Lee Wai Leng (Malaysia)


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%
Practicals, online activities and assessments: 55%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical or equivalent online activities

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