BIO1011 - Blueprints for life - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Bourke


Dr Richard Burke (Clayton)
Associate Professor Song Keang Peng (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


BIO1722, BMS1021

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


This unit will explore the fundamental processes and patterns common to all life on Earth. It will examine how living organisms grow, develop diverse and complex structures, harness and utilise energy and transmit their life blueprints to the next generation. In this unit, students will progress through fundamental themes in cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics and microbiology. They will examine contemporary issues in biological sciences and the societal impact that biology has by learning from world-class researchers and industry experts.

Students will undertake self-directed learning through the online environment. These online activities, readings and instructional videos will be complemented by face-to-face workshops where they will collaborate with peers and teaching staff to deepen their understanding of the biological concepts introduced each week. Students will gain hands-on experience and develop experimental and analytical skills in the laboratory environment. Optional drop-in tutorials are available for additional learning support. BIO1011 is ideally paired with BIO1022 and/or BIO1042.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the concepts, processes and practical applications of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and microbiology in society and everyday human life;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating scientific results through a range of formats (written and oral);
  3. Formulate hypotheses, collect experimental data and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting their results;
  4. Demonstrate competence and precision in the use of common life sciences equipment and techniques;
  5. Utilise research skills including database searches to synthesise and interpret information related to scientific research, using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;
  6. Work effectively, responsibly, safely and ethically, both individually and in peer or team contexts


Examination (2 hours): 50%

Continuous assessment through laboratory classes, online activities and assessments: 50% (Hurdle)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend at least 80% of workshops and laboratory classes to be eligible to pass this unit

Workload requirements

  • One 1-hour workshop and
  • 1.5-2 hours online activities per week
  • Six 3-hour practicals per semester

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