• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juliey Beckman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Welcome to the fields of botany and zoology. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the biodiversity of plants, animals and fungi. Students are given a solid grounding in the vast diversity of multicellular organisms and their evolutionary lineages. Biol1009 is an essential prerequisite for students wishing to pursue plant and/or animal sciences. It is also an excellent, engaging, "free standing" course for those studying in other areas of science, or in non-science degrees. The lecture component focuses on the fundamentals of plant and animal structure and the evolution of complexity. It also addresses current research issues such as responses of plant species and populations to climate change. Each practical class is designed to provide our students with an opportunity for hands-on learning about key features of structure and function in a range of animal and plant taxa.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

  1. Gain skills necessary to recognise taxonomically distinct lineages of living organisms.
  2. Be able to identify relationships between structure and function.
  3. Be able to describe the evolutionary history of various living animals and plants.

Indicative Assessment

  • Mid-semester examination on first two modules (35%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Final exam on last two modules (35%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Practical assessments (30%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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Workload

Three lectures per week and up to 6 x three-hour practical sessions.

Prescribed Texts

Please note that there is no prescribed text for this course, but it is advised that students access relevant reading material in a first year level text book as they progress through the course.  For those who are doing more than one first year course in Biology you will find Campbellā€™s Biology, Reece et al., latest Edition (Australian Version) useful.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8589 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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