Concepts in Biology (Special Studies) (BIOL1991)


Entry to Special Studies Program in Concepts in Biology is competitive based on academic performance. Only students with an ATAR of at least 99.0 or a band 6 Biology HSC score will be considered. The practical work syllabus for BIOL1991 is different from that of BIOL1911 (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises. NB: Department permission required for enrolment

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Further unit of study information


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


One 2 hour exam 50%, practical reports 25%, seminar presentation 15%, lab note book 5%, prelaboratory 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 guide to molecular evolution, Oxford University Press, US.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

(90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent) OR (85 or above in one junior biology unit)


BIOL1001 or BIOL1993 or BIOL1911

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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.