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BIO1042: Life in the environment

Faculty of Science

Life in the environment

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This unit explores the biosphere, environmental conditions and their effects on animals, plants and communities. You will examine the responses of organisms to environmental conditions; interactions between plants and animals; environmental genetics and microbiology; management of biological resources; and an introduction to ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. 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 their understanding of the biological concepts introduced each week. You will gain hands-on experience and develop experimental and analytical skills in the laboratory environment. This unit is ideally paired with BIO1011 and/or BIO1022.


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 - Two written assessment tasks and one oral presentation. Each task is worth 15% of the final grade. - 45%


12 hours per week which includes a combination of seminars, workshops, online pre-workshop material 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