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.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Faculty 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
Assumed Knowledge
Subject Relationships
BIO100 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
BIO107 BIO129
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.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.