BIO1011 - Biology 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Burke


Dr Richard Burke (Clayton)
Dr Gavin Wee Wei Yee (Malaysia, Semester 1)
Dr Patrick Tan Hock Siew (Malaysia, OCT-MY-01)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • October intake 2018 (On-campus)


BIO1722Not offered in 2018, BMS1021

Students in S2007 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science are prohibited from enrolling in this unit.


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.


Examination (2 hours): 50%

Practicals, online activities, and assessments: 50%

Workload requirements

  • Two 1-hour lectures
  • One 3-hour practical or equivalent online activities

See also Unit timetable information

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