Biological Systems

    Unit code: HBM1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans


    This unit 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.

    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.

    Study as a single unit

    This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

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

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