BIO1011 - Biology I - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Dr Richard Burke (Clayton)

Dr Lee Wai Leng (Malaysia Semester 1 and 2)

Christina Injan Anak Mawang (Malaysia October semester)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • October intake 2017 (Day)


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;
  2. Display competence and precision in the use of laboratory equipment including pipettes, spectrophotometers and microscopes;
  3. Formulate hypotheses, make predictions and carry out scientific experiments to test such;
  4. Collect experimental data, evaluate it and present it in meaningful ways using appropriate software;
  5. Communicate scientific principles and information underlying biology-related topics in written formats and using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;
  6. Perform library catalogue and database searches to locate and synthesize appropriate information for practical reports.


Semester 1

Examination (2.5 hours): 50%

Practicals, online activities, and assessments: 50%

Semester 2

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Practicals, online activities, and assessments: 50%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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