• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juliey Beckman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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

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

  1. Gain skills necessary to recognise taxonomically distinct lineages of living organisms.
  2. Make observations of the morphology and structure of organisms to interpret their function, current habitat and evolutionary history.
  3. Be able to describe the evolutionary history of various living animals and plants.
  4. Perform basic laboratory skills including light microscopy and identification of both plant and animal anatomy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester examination - hurdle requirement to achieve at least 40% on the combined grade of the two exams (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Final exam - hurdle requirement to achieve at least 40% on the combined grade of the two exams (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Practical assessments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Written assignments (20) [LO 1,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face components which will consist of approximately 35 x 1 hour lectures per semester (35 hours total) and approximately 20 hours of tutorials/workshops/labs throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 75 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks. 

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions during teaching contact hours.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, to meet Learning Outcomes 2 and 4, students are required to

  • manipulate experimental equipment and samples with a high degree of precision
  • interpret their observations
  • safely participate in the biology laboratories

Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor.

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.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6009 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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