BIO1042 - Life in the environment - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Richard Reina


Associate Professor Richard Reina

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit explores the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities. Students will examine the 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. 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. This unit is ideally paired with BIO1011 and/or BIO1022.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary concepts and processes, aspects of the evolution of the Australian biota, the nature of biogeochemical cycles, and human impacts on the biosphere;
  2. Formulate hypotheses, collect experimental data and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting your own results;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating biological results through a range of formats (written, oral, multimedia);
  4. Self-evaluate and reflect upon the development of teamwork and communication skills;
  5. Apply practical techniques and tools to conduct an investigation in the laboratory, field or virtual environment;
  6. Work and learn independently and collaboratively while exercising personal, professional and social responsibility that recognises the importance of practising science sustainably, ethically and safely in society.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Continuous assignments comprising laboratory classes and reports: 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
  • 1.5 - 2 hours online activities per week
  • 3-hour weekly laboratory classes

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