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BZ1001 - Fundamentals of Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

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

Learning Outcomes

  • to gain an appreciation of the relationship between structure and function of cells and cellular organelles;
  • to learn about the basic principles of cellular activities;
  • to understand the basics of ecology and evolutionary biology;
  • to understand the basics of the mechanism of inheritance;
  • to gain an appreciation of the cellular basis of living organisms.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Chemistry, Mathematics and English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalents. Students without high school chemistry should have completed CH1020.
AG1002 BZ1020


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Brad Congdon
Lecturers: Dr Brad Congdon, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); on-course assessment (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Megan Higgie, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (55%); quizzes or tests (20%); mid-semester test (10%); formal report (15%).

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