2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
2 x 1-hour workshops weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
1 x 1-hour supervised study weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BIOL1104, BIOL1202 has been successfully completed
Course context

Students can contact the teaching team.

Practical Exercises, FLO Quizzes, PASS Attendance, Research Project, Mid Term Examination, Final Examination
Topic description

This topic focuses on the diversity of animals, plants and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on biological diversity, evolution, the relationship between structure and function in selected groups of organisms, how organisms are adapted to their environment and how organisms interact with one another. This topic is designed for all biology students.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a basic understanding of:

  • The evolution of life on Earth
  • The classification of living organisms
  • Nutrition and reproduction
  • How organisms adapt to changes in their environment within their own lifetimes
  • How organisms adapt to changes in their environment over many generations
  • How organisms interact with one another
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have a basic understanding of areas covered by the topic description
  2. Use basic laboratory skills including technical skills, the ability to design and interpret the results of experiments, the ability to maintain a laboratory notebook and to write a scientific report
  3. Use basic skills to search, retrieve and interpret articles published in scientific journals
  4. Develop generic skills such as the ability to work as part of a team to solve practical problems

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.