Applied Biology for Ag and Environment (AGEN1004)


Building on the fundamentals of biology introduced in 1st semester biology (BIOL1001 or equivalent), this unit runs alongside 2nd semester chemistry where students learn the fundamentals of organic chemistry and the major biomolecules. In this unit, students will gain an understanding of how biological processes and systems function. Students will be introduced to the major plant, animal and microbial systems, how they interact, and how an understanding of environment influences is key to effective and sustainable management of the biosphere. Topics will be introduced that will emphasise the specific importance of the major biological processes and through lectures, practicals and field trips, students will gain an in-depth understanding of basic plant, animal and microbial physiology, biochemistry, energy flows and biological interactions, and the importance of these in determining the resilience of organisms, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere. Students will be able to contextualize this knowledge so that they can determine appropriate management strategies for productivity and the conservation and rehabilitation of natural systems.

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1x2 hr lecture/workshop per week, 1x3.5 hr Practical per week


Practical Participation and Quizzes (10%), Plant ID Portfolio (20%), Group video and presentation (30%), Individual viva-voce exam (10%), End of semester exam (30%)


Recommended reference books (purchase of text book is not essential, reference materials will be provided): - Sadava D, Hillis D, Heller C, Berenbaum M 2012, Life: the science of biology, 10th edition, WH Freeman and Co, Gordonsville VA.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1001 and CHEM1001, or equivalents



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.