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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). BIO1OF is a cornerstone subject, so there is some emphasis on the graduate capabilities (GC), especially writing.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SBMSSI or SBSSI


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Biology: an Australian focus

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorLadiges, P, Evans, B, Saint, R and Knox, R


Edition/Volume5TH ED



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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

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 and involve: interpreting data, recognizing methodological issues, and identifying the theoretical basis for the experiment and communicating observations and results.

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