This unit (RBF1320) provides students with knowledge and understanding of key concepts in biology for students specialising in biotechnology, ecology or science education. The lecture content will be supplemented by laboratory practicum. Students will develop scientific literacy, practical, teamwork;and writing skills in a student centred learning environment with a focus on macromolecules, cells and organelles, bioenergetics, and genetics.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Communicate scientific results, information, or arguments using a range of modes (written, oral, visual) either as an individual or in a group;  
  2. Work effectively, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context in a laboratory setting;  
  3. Describe the key role of macromolecules and organelles in cell structure and function including growth, metabolism and energy production;  
  4. Describe the relationship between heredity, transmission of heredity and phenotypic variation;  
  5. Demonstrate practical skills and apply quantitative data to solve problems in biology.  


Assessment type Description Grade
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Group Wiki (3000 words) and 12 minute presentation - groups of 4 students per topic. 30%
Laboratory Work Completion of six (6) Practical Worksheets 40%
Test Three (3) Online Quizzes 30%

Required reading

Biology 10th ed.
Solomon, E., Berg, L., & Martin, D. W., (2015)
Cengage Learning, Canada.

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