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; and
  7. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.

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
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

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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