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BIO173 Introductory Biology (8)


This subject provides a basic introduction to the study of biology as a foundation for later subjects. It covers a range of topics fundamental to all biological disciplines, and provides a grounding in biological principles and knowledge for students drawn from several courses.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLFaculty of Arts and Education

Enrolment restrictions

BIO107 Concepts of Biology; BIO129 Environmental Biology Available only to students enrolled in CSU pathway program - University Certificate in General Studies
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
BIO107 BIO129 BIO100 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the major concepts in biology;
- appreciate the unifying concepts in biology and have the ability to generalise and develop those concepts;
- observe and record scientific information; and,
- understand the basic techniques used to investigate organisms and an ability to use basic equipment important in biological investigations.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The nature of biological enquiry: Characteristics of life, levels of organisation, hypothesis testing; - Introduction to ecology and behaviour: Population and community ecology, ecosystems and biomes, behavioural responses to the environment; - Cells and how they function: Biological chemistry, cell structure, cell membranes; - Energy in living cells: Metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis; - Principles of inheritance: Cell division and mitosis, meiosis, basic Mendelian genetics; - Principles of evolution: Emergence of ideas, evolutionary processes, speciation, classification; - Evolution and diversity: Review of trends and concepts in viruses, bacteria, protistans, fungi, plants and animals; - Plant structure and function: Tissues and organs, plant physiology, reproduction and development; - Animal structure and function: Tissues and organ systems, neuroendocrine control, digestion, excretion, respiration, circulation, movement, reproduction and development.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.