Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to biology by discussing units of ever increasing size and complexity. We begin with molecules and cells, then proceed to tissues and organs in plants and animals, and how these units cooperate in the whole organism. Topics covered in lectures include cell and molecular biology, structure and function of animal and plants, Mendelian genetics as well as biological principles. Relevant questions and lecture material will be presented in advance on the LMS site for students to work through, and face-to-face lectures will be used for summarising and to explain the more difficult concepts. The practical component focuses on biological observation, recording skills and data interpretation, and introduces a number of biological disciplines (e.g. microscopy, microbiology, biochemistry and physiology). BIO1CO is a cornerstone subject, so there is some emphasis on the graduate capabilities (GC), especially writing.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


BIO1CO Student Manual

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorGibson, M et al.



PublisherLa Trobe University


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Resource TypePrescribed

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AuthorLadiges P, Evans B, Saint R


Edition/Volume5TH EDITION



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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the morphological and metabolic features of different cell types.
02. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the biological and physical processes occurring in different cell types.
03. Distinguish and/or describe and discuss the morphology and associated functions of selected plant and animal tissues and organ systems.
04. Complete scientific experiments that examine aspects of cell biology, for example, fermentation with yeast, and involve: interpreting data, recognizing methodological issues, identifying the theoretical basis for the experiment, and communicating observations and results

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 12 - 22
Six 3.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 11
One 1.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 11 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (equivalent to 2000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Biological drawings and pre-prac quizzes (equivalent to 500 words total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Three laboratory reports (one of which is a poster) (equivalent to 300 words each)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4
Two 25-min mid-semester tests (equivalent to 800 words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4