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BIO8201 Biology Foundations

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


An understanding of the foundations of biology, including biological patterns and processes, evolution and diversity of life on Earth, and the structure and functioning of organisms and ecosystems is central to the exploration of human impacts on biodiversity and sustainability of natural and modified systems and global environmental changes, including climate change. This course aims to provide a basic grounding in the fundamental concepts of biology in the context of global environments and provides a theoretical foundation suitable for science and non-science students. This course introduces the characteristics and diversity of organisms and provides a comprehensive foundation in cell structure and function, introductory genetics, energy transformations (photosynthesis and respiration), the diversity of plants and animals, an exploration of evolution, and an introduction to ecosystems and global energy flows and biogeochemical cycles. The course is particularly suited to education, engineering, environment and other students seeking an overview of the characteristics of life, biotic form and function and how living organisms behave and respond to changing environments.

This course provides a brief description of the science of biology and the definition and characteristics of life. The classification and diversity of organisms, a comprehensive foundation in cell structure and function, energy transformations critical for the understanding of relationships between organisms and environment, genetics and an introduction to the diversity and evolution of plants and animals are also covered. The course concludes with an introduction to the principles of ecology, ecosystem dynamics, global energy flows and biogeochemical cycling

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023