• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology

BIOL6201 will not be offered in 2017 but there are other new 6000 level BIOL courses from which postgraduate students can choose.

This course will introduce important ideas and issues in biology and examine how biology intersects with other disciplines, both scientific and non-scientific, such as philosophy and history.  Major concepts such as evolution and the importance of biodiversity, and the impact of new biological approaches, such as genetic modification, will be discussed and debated. The importance of understanding how biology is carried out and how it is applied and communicated to other scientists and society, will be examined.

Note:  Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Discuss and critique discoveries of biological principles and processes and their contribution to modern technologies.
  2. Construct and evaluate arguments about the nature of biological research and its impact on society.
  3. Evaluate and debate the role of biology in our society and how it is applied to global problems such as biodiversity, climate change, medicine, and the use of GM foods and crops.
  4. Acquire, assess and communicate new information relating to new discoveries in biology or that involve biological principles and processes.
  5. Present complex scientific techniques, their application and significance to their peers.

Indicative Assessment

    • Critical Thinking Pieces (3 submissions: 5%, 10%, 10% = 25%, LO 2, 3, 4)
    • Funding Proposal (10%, LO 3, 4)
    • In class critical review activity (10%, LO 2, 4)
    • Peer review Technology Essay (35%, LO 1, 3, 4)
    • Oral presentation  (20%, LO 1, 3, 4)

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    Up to 65 contact hours per semester including two to three lectures per week, about six sessions of two-hour long debates and group work.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    This course is incompatible with BIOL2201 and BIOL3201

    You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


    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:
    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 $3660
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4878
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    3210 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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