This subject aims to foster an understanding of major biological concepts, and awareness of how such concepts are connected within the biological sciences and an appreciation and interest in biological science as an integral part of society and everyday life. The subject provides a strong foundation for further study of the biological sciences and related disciplines.

Course outline

Semester 1

  • Cell structure and function: biological molecules, prokaryotes, eukaryotes and organelles, energy systems
  • Plants: plant cells, tissues and the plant body
  • Animals: tissues and organs, organ systems

Semester 2

  • Genetics: cell division, inheritance, gene expression, genetic engineering, human genetics, reproduction and development
  • Evolution and diversity: evidence and mechanisms for evolution, viruses, bacteria, fungi and protists


Exams: 70%
Assignment: 10%
Practical classes: 20%