This unit (HBM1002) introduces students to the key properties of living organisms, focussing on the cellular and molecular level. Students will learn the basic principles and concepts of biological molecules and the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The unit will explore introductory molecular mechanisms within the cell and how they contribute to the organization of a cell and the whole organism. This unit provides a strong foundation for students specialising in Biomedical Science.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review the diversity and classification of various types of living organisms;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and functions of cells;  
  3. Investigate the four major classes of biological molecules and elaborate on their functions;  
  4. Discuss the basic structure and mechanisms of action of viruses and bacteria;  
  5. Apply the fundamental principles of genetics and appreciate the significance of evolution;  
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of scientific communication and analysis.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Guided Inquiry Worksheets (250 words) 10%
Report Annotated Bibliography Report(750 words) 10%
Test Two (2) Tests (25% each, 30 minutes) 50%
Presentation Oral Team Presentation 30%

Required reading

Campbell essential biology 6th ed.
Simon, E. J., Dickey, J., Hogan, K. A., Reece, J. B., & Campbell, N. A. (2016)
New York: Pearson Education, Inc.,

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