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BIO1011: Blueprints for life

Faculty of Science

Blueprints for life

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This unit will explore the fundamental processes and patterns common to all life on Earth. It will examine how living organisms grow, develop diverse and complex structures, harness and utilise energy and transmit their life blueprints to the next generation. In this unit, you will progress through fundamental themes in cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics and microbiology. You will examine contemporary issues in biological sciences and the societal impact that biology has by learning from world-class researchers and industry experts. You will undertake self-directed learning through the online environment. These online activities, readings and instructional videos will be complemented by face-to-face workshops where they will collaborate with peers and teaching staff to deepen your understanding of the biological concepts introduced each week. You will gain hands-on experience and develop experimental and analytical skills in the laboratory environment. Optional drop-in tutorials are available for additional learning support. BIO1011 is ideally paired with BIO1022 and/or BIO1042.


1 - Content quizzes - Fortnightly online quizzes - 25% 2 - Laboratory assessments - Aimed at developing your conceptual understanding and practical expertise. Supplementary assessment is not available for the laboratory component. - 30% 3 - Major assessment tasks - 2 major writing assessments and a presentation (15% each) - 45%


12 hours per week which includes a combination of pre-workshop material, workshops, seminars and laboratory classes.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land