Concepts in Biology (Special Studies) (BIOL1991)


Entry to Special Studies Program in Concepts in Biology is restricted to students who have done exceptionally well in their HSC and/or have shown extraordinary aptitude in Biology. The practical work syllabus for BIOL1991 is very different from that of BIOL1911 (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises.

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Lectures as per BIOL1911; one 3-hour practical per week.


One 2-hour exam (40%), practical reports (30%), seminar presentation (15%), laboratory note book (10%), and pre-laboratory quizzes (5%).


Knox, B., Ladiges, P., Evans, B. and Saint, R. (2010) Biology, 4th edition. (McGraw Hill: Sydney) ; Sanders MF & Bowman JL (2012) Genetic Analysis: An Integrated Approach Benjamin Cummings, Boston; Bromham, L 2008, Reading the story in DNA: a beginner's g

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medalist in International Biology Olympiad


BIOL1911, BIOL1001, BIOL1993

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