Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Living Systems I is a core subject that brings together traditional biology and chemistry, reflecting the interrelationship between the two fields. Students will be introduced to chemistry concepts and processes and explore their roles in biological systems. A range of biological systems and the significance of biological compounds will be investigated through a variety of laboratory- and field-based tasks. Students will develop an understanding of molecular structures and processes, including measurement and bonding and their significance in in key biological systems. The importance of living cells, their arrangement in organs and their significance in partial and/or whole systems will be examined. Students will also learn the safe handling of chemical and biological materials and the relevance of environmental and ethical responsibilities.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiology an Australian focusPrescribedKnox, B, Ladiges, P, Evans, B & Saint, R 20104TH EDN, MCGRAW-HILL, NSW
ReadingsGeneral organic and biological chemistryPrescribedSmith, J 20122ND EDN, THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES, NEW YORK
ReadingsBiologyRecommendedCampbell, N, Reece, J & Meyers, N 20088TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW
ReadingsChemsitry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityRecommendedMahaffy, Peter G, Tasker, R, Bucat B & Kotz, J 2011NELSON EDUCATION LIMITED
ReadingsEssential chemistry: a core text for general chemistryRecommendedCheng, R 20085TH EDN, MC GRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION, BOSTON

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorial and Laboratory Class in 3 hour block."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Formal laboratory reports (2 x 500 words)20
Tutorial Questions (6 during semester)25
Written Exams (mid-semester 25%, end of semester 30%)55