BIO112 Principles of Ecology (8)

The subject describes the diversity of life on earth, introduces the fundamental concepts of the ecology of animal and plant populations and communities, and introduces the types of ecosystems that dominate the planet.  

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BIO112. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed BIO200 cannot enrol in this subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the scientific method and apply it to ecology
  • be able to define the key terminology, principles and concepts underpinning biology and ecology
  • be able to detail the structure of cells, the function of cell organelles, and the process of cell division
  • be able to explain inheritance, natural selection and the process of evolution
  • be able to identify species and outline the way organisms are classified
  • be able to describe what biodiversity is and explain how it is measured


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of the scientific method
  • Cell biology and the cell cycle
  • Genetics and inheritance
  • The theory of evolution and the process of speciation
  • The diversity of life on earth
  • Classification of organisms
  • Plant and animal diversity
  • Population and community ecology
  • Major types of ecosystems on earth
  • Biodiversity


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.