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BS1001 - Introduction to Biological Processes

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

A broad introduction to contemporary biology, from the way cells, organs and individual organisms function, through to molecular biology, genetics, micro- and macroevolution and the processes underlying the diversity of life and ecosystems.

Learning Outcomes

  • to learn about the basic principles of cellular activities;
  • to understand the basics of the mechanism of inheritance;
  • to gain an appreciation of the relationship between structure and function of cells and cellular organelles in living organisms;
  • to understand the basics of ecology and micro- and macroevolutionary biology.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalents.
AG1002 BZ1020 BZ1001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Professor Colin Simpfendorfer
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Colin Simpfendorfer, Dr Ben Hirsch, Dr Janine Sheaves, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 16 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (55%); quizzes or tests (20%); mid-semester test (10%); formal report (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.