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This unit prepares students for university study in the environmental, biomedical or life sciences. Students will gain an introductory understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans. This unit covers a range of topics including cell theory, organ systems, genetics, taxonomy, ecology and environmental science.
Career Level: Non-award
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
There are no requisites for this unit.
Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit,
should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability.
See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
Offerings For Term 1 - 2023
All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes –
in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory.
International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet
both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period
(satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).
This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task,
based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%,
or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must
also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task,
as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the
University’s Grades and Results Policy
for more details of interim results and final grades.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies.
The full list of University policies are available on the CQUniversity Policy site.
Previous Student Feedback
Feedback, Recommendations and Responses
Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review,
the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.
Feedback from Teaching Team
Students have noted difficulty in concentrating on heavy lecture content for two hours.
Use 'brain breaks' in the middle of the lecture to reset and refresh.
Feedback from Unit Evaluations
Teaching staff are passionate and knowledgeable about the subject; they are approachable and friendly. Quick responses to student enquiries allow them to feel supported.
Continue to provide prompt, engaging and supportive feedback to students.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in modern biology, particularly as they relate to humans
Locate relevant research on a topic to then prepare an essay following academic writing conventions for scientific essays
Write short notes to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of key terms, concepts and processes in biology
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Test - 20%
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice
9 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources
Authors: School of Access Education, CQUniversity
CQUniversity Publishing Unit
Additional Textbook Information
The prescribed study guide for Introductory Biology (BIOL40108) is available on the unit Moodle site; however, we strongly advise you to print your own copy. You will need a hard copy to complete activities and take notes. The study guide cannot be purchased from the CQUniversity Bookshop. Your Access Coordinator can provide you with advice about printing options.
You will need access to the following IT resources:
CQUniversity Student Email
Unit Website (Moodle)
Access to a computer is recommended
Academic Integrity Statement
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