Life and Evolution (SSP) (BIOL1996)


Biology is an immensely diverse science. Biologists study life at all levels, from the fundamental building blocks (genes, proteins) to whole ecosystems in which myriads of species interact. Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour, to dealing with disease. Evolution through natural selection is the framework in biology in which specific details make sense. Science builds and organises knowledge of life and evolution in the form of testable hypotheses. The practical work syllabus for BIOL1996 is different to BIOL1906 (Advanced) and consists of a special project based laboratory.

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Further unit of study information


2 lectures per week and online material and 30-36 hours of practicals


practical 60% (comprised of two practical reports, laboratory note book and seminar presentation), 40% final summative exam as per biol1906


Please see unit outline on LMS

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent


BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1906

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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.

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