Table 1: Biology

Table 1 lists units of study available to students in the Bachelor of Science and combined degrees. The units are available to students enrolled in other degrees in accordance with their degree resolutions.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Biology

For a major in Biology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior BIOL units of study listed in this subject area.
Junior units of study
BIOL1001
Concepts in Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1101, BIOL1991, BIOL1500, BIOL1901, BIOL1911
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1911
Concepts in Biology (Advanced)
6    P 80+ in HSC 2-unit Biology (or equivalent) or Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit
N BIOL1991, BIOL1901, BIOL1101, BIOL1500, BIOL1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1991
Concepts in Biology (Special Studies)
6    P (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (a Band 6 result in Biology HSC) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad).
N BIOL1911, BIOL1001, BIOL1993

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Places in the course are limited and will be decided on the basis of ATAR and Biology HSC scores.
Semester 1
BIOL1003
Human Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N EDUH1016, BIOL1903, BIOL1500, BIOL1993
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1903
Human Biology (Advanced)
6    P HSC Biology result in the 90+, OR Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit
N BIOL1905, EDUH1016, BIOL1003, BIOL1500, BIOL1904, BIOL1993

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1993
Human Biology (Special Studies)
6    P (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (a Band 6 result in Biology HSC) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad).
N BIOL1903, BIOL1991, BIOL1003

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Places in the course are limited and will be decided on the basis of ATAR and Biology HSC scores.
Semester 1
BIOL1002
Living Systems
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1500, BIOL1902; BIOL1992
Semester 2
BIOL1902
Living Systems (Advanced)
6    P Distinction or better in the BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993, OR HSC Biology equal to 90 or greater
N BIOL1500, BIOL1002; BIOL1992, BIOL1904, BIOL1905

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
BIOL1992
Living Systems (Special Studies)
6    P ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medallist in International Biology Olympiad OR exceptional performance in relevant units of study
N BIOL1002, BIOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
MBLG1001
Molecular Biology and Genetics (Intro)
6    A 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry.
N MBLG1901; MBLG1991
Semester 2
MBLG1901
Molecular Biology and Genetics (Adv)
6    A HSC Chemistry and Biology OR 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry
P Minimum Band 5 in HSC Chemistry and HSC Biology, or 6 credit points from both Chemistry and Biology.
N MBLG1001; MBLG1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
MBLG1991
Molecular Biology and Genetics (SSP)
6    P (ATAR of at least 99.0 or equivalent and Band 6 in Chemistry or Biology) OR (Medallist in an International Biology or Chemistry Olympiad) OR (Exceptional performance in a relevant unit of study).
N MBLG1001, MBLG1901

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
BIOL2016
Cell Biology
6    A BIOL1001
P 12cp of Junior BIOL; or 6cp of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901); or (6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry).
N BIOL2916


This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
Semester 1
BIOL2916
Cell Biology (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1001
P Distinction average across either 12cp of Junior Biology, or 6cp of Junior Biology and (MBLG1001 or MBLG901), or 6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry.
N BIOL2016


This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
Semester 1
BIOL2021
Zoology
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2911, BIOL2921, BIOL2011, BIOL2912, BIOL2012
Semester 1
BIOL2921
Zoology (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2911, BIOL2021, BIOL2912, BIOL2011, BIOL2012
Semester 1
BIOL2022
Biology Experimental Design & Analysis
6    P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2922
Semester 2
BIOL2922
Biol Experimental Design & Analysis Adv
6    P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2022
Semester 2
BIOL2023
Botany
6    A BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002
P 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp Junior Sciences
N PLNT2902, PLNT2003, BIOL2904, BIOL2923, PLNT2002, PLNT2903, BIOL2003, BIOL2004, BIOL2903


Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
BIOL2923
Botany (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002
P Distinction average in at least 6 credit points of Junior Biology units of study and 6 credit points Junior Sciences.
N BIOL2904, BIOL2004, PLNT2003, PLNT2002, BIOL2903, BIOL2003, BIOL2023, PLNT2902, PLNT2903


Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
BIOL2024
Ecology and Conservation
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2924
Semester 2
BIOL2924
Ecology and Conservation (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2024
Semester 2
MBLG2072
Genetics and Genomics
6    A 12cp of Junior Chemistry
P 6cp of Junior Biology and (one of MBLG1001 and MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry
N MBLG2002, MBLG2972, MBLG2102, MBLG2902


For students planning a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
Semester 2
MBLG2972
Genetics and Genomics (Adv)
6    A 12cp of Junior Chemistry
P Distinction average across 6cp of Junior Biology, 6cp of (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry.
N MBLG2002, MBLG2072, MBLG2102, MBLG2902


For students planning for a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
Semester 2
Intermediate field units of study
BIOL2009
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901)
N BIOL3909, BIOL3009, BIOL2909

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Intensive August
BIOL2909
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2009, BIOL3909, BIOL3009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Intensive August
BIOL2010
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology
6    A BIOL1002
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive February
BIOL2910
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)
6    A BIOL1002
P Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3010, BIOL2010, BIOL3910


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive February
BIOL2020
Introduction to Coral Reef Biology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P 12 credit points of Junior BIOL; or 6 credit points of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3016, BIOL2920, BIOL3916

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative intermediate field units in ODD numbered years.
Intensive July
BIOL2920
Introduction to Coral Reef Biology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2020, BIOL3916, BIOL3016

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Intensive July
BIOL2028
Introduction to Marine Field Ecology
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 cp of Intermediate Biology
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3908, BIOL2928, BIOL3008


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive July
BIOL2928
Introduction to Marine Field Ecology Adv
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12cp of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3008, BIOL2028, BIOL3908


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive July
Senior units of study
BIOL3007
Ecology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3907
Semester 2
BIOL3907
Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3007
Semester 2
BIOL3013
Marine Biology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972)
N BIOL3913
Semester 2
BIOL3913
Marine Biology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972)
N BIOL3013
Semester 2
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics Advanced
6    P Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3018
Semester 1
BIOL3026
Developmental Genetics
6    P (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3926, BIOL3929
Semester 2
BIOL3926
Developmental Genetics (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3929, BIOL3026
Semester 2
BIOL3043
Plant Science
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3943, PLNT3901, PLNT3902, PLNT3001, PLNT3002
Semester 2
BIOL3943
Plant Science (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N PLNT3002, PLNT3902, PLNT3001, BIOL3043, PLNT3901
Semester 2
BIOL3044
Evolution and Biodiversity
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N PLNT3903, PLNT3003, BIOL3025, BIOL3944, BIOL3925
Semester 1
BIOL3944
Evolution and Biodiversity (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N PLNT3003, BIOL3044, BIOL3925, BIOL3025, PLNT3903
Semester 1
BIOL3045
Animal Ecological Physiology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3945, BIOL3912, BIOL3911, BIOL3012, BIOL3011
Semester 1
BIOL3945
Animal Ecological Physiology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3912, BIOL3012, BIOL3045, BIOL3011, BIOL3911
Semester 1
BIOL3046
Animal Behaviour
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3925, BIOL3025, BIOL3946

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL3946
Animal Behaviour (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3025, BIOL3046, BIOL3925

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Senior field units of study
BIOL3008
Marine Field Ecology
6    P 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2028, BIOL3908, BIOL2928


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017Â…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive July
BIOL3908
Marine Field Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2028, BIOL3008, BIOL2928


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017Â…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive July
BIOL3009
Terrestrial Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2009, BIOL2909, BIOL3909

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Intensive August
BIOL3909
Terrestrial Field Ecology (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2009, BIOL2909, BIOL3009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Intensive August
BIOL3010
Tropical Wildlife Biology
6    P 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910


This unit runs in February. It cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017Â…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years..
Intensive February
BIOL3910
Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)
6    P Distinction average in either 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2010, BIOL3010, BIOL2910


This unit runs in February. It cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017Â…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive February
BIOL3016
Coral Reef Biology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2020, NTMP3001, BIOL2920, BIOL3916

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Intensive July
BIOL3916
Coral Reef Biology (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL2920, BIOL2020, BIOL3016, NTMP3001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Intensive July

Note: BIOL2009/2909, BIOL2020/2920, BIOL3009/3909 and BIOL3016/3916 run in EVEN years only. They are not offered in 2015.

Biology

For a major in Biology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior BIOL units of study listed in this subject area.
Junior units of study
BIOL1001 Concepts in Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charlotte Taylor Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prohibitions: BIOL1101, BIOL1991, BIOL1500, BIOL1901, BIOL1911 Assumed knowledge: HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February). Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments tests and lab quizzes (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Concepts in Biology is an introduction to the major themes of modern biology. The unit covers fundamental cell biology, with a particular emphasis on cell structure and function; the foundations of molecular biology from the role of DNA in protein synthesis to the genetics of organisms; and the theory of evolution and principles of phylogenetic analysis, including how these are used to interpret the origins of the diversity of extant organisms. Practical classes focus on students designing experiments, making and recording their observations and communicating their findings. The unit emphasises how biologists carry out scientific investigations, from the molecular and cellular level to the level of ecosystems. This unit of study provides a good foundation for intermediate biology units of study.
Textbooks
Knox R B et al. Biology, An Australian Focus. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill. 2010
BIOL1911 Concepts in Biology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charlotte Taylor Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 80+ in HSC 2-unit Biology (or equivalent) or Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit Prohibitions: BIOL1991, BIOL1901, BIOL1101, BIOL1500, BIOL1001 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, tests, lab quizzes (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Concepts in Biology (Advanced) has the same overall structure as BIOL1001 but material is discussed in greater detail and at a more advanced level. Students enrolled in BIOL1901 participate in alternative components, which include a separate lecture and practical stream from BIOL1001. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
As for BIOL1001.
BIOL1991 Concepts in Biology (Special Studies)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Simon Ho, Dr Nathan Lo Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures as per BIOL1911; one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (a Band 6 result in Biology HSC) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad). Prohibitions: BIOL1911, BIOL1001, BIOL1993 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (40%), practical reports (30%), seminar presentation (15%), laboratory note book (10%), and pre-laboratory quizzes (5%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Places in the course are limited and will be decided on the basis of ATAR and Biology HSC scores.
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
Textbooks
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.
BIOL1003 Human Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Osu Lilje Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week (three lectures in some weeks), one 3-hour practical class per fortnight, one 2-hour workshop per fortnight, 6-9 hours of online activities per fortnight. Prohibitions: EDUH1016, BIOL1903, BIOL1500, BIOL1993 Assumed knowledge: HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February). Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignment, group project presentation and quizzes (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It includes an overview of cell and tissue structures, the skeletal system, nutrition, digestion and excretion. Human Biology looks at how our bodies respond to environmental stimuli with respect to the endocrine, nervous and immune systems. After discussion of reproduction and development, it concludes with an overview of modern studies in human genetics. This unit has four main components: lectures, practicals, workshops and HB Online activities; this unit of study provides a suitable foundation for intermediate biology units of study.
Textbooks
Van Putte, C., Regan, J. and Russo, A. (2013) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, McGraw Hill.The edition comes with a custom publication of:Mader, S.S. (2006) Human Biology, 11th edition, McGraw Hill. (Chapters 19, 24, 26)
BIOL1903 Human Biology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Osu Lilje Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week (three lectures in some weeks), one 3-hour practical class per fortnight, one 2-hour workshop per fortnight, 6-9 hours of online work per forthnight covering online practical activities, prework and homework. Prerequisites: HSC Biology result in the 90+, OR Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit Prohibitions: BIOL1905, EDUH1016, BIOL1003, BIOL1500, BIOL1904, BIOL1993 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignment, group project presentation, quizzes and independent project (oral and written) (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study has the same overall structure as BIOL1003 but material is discussed in greater detail and at a more advanced level. Students enrolled in BIOL1903 participate in alternative components, e.g. guest lecture series and practical classes. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
As for BIOL1003
BIOL1993 Human Biology (Special Studies)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Simon Ho, Dr Nathan Lo Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures as per BIOL1903; one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (a Band 6 result in Biology HSC) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad). Prohibitions: BIOL1903, BIOL1991, BIOL1003 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (40%), practical reports (30%), seminar presentation (15%), laboratory note book (10%), and pre-laboratory quizzes (5%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Places in the course are limited and will be decided on the basis of ATAR and Biology HSC scores.
Entry to Special Studies Program in Human 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 BIOL1993 is different from that of BIOL1903 (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises. NB: Department permission required for enrolment
Textbooks
Van Putte, C., Regan, J. and Russo, A. (2010) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, McGraw Hill. The edition comes with a custom publication of:Mader, S.S. (2006) Human Biology, 11th edition, McGraw Hill. (Chapters 19, 24, 26); Sanders MF & Bowman JL (2012) Genetic Analysis: An Integrated Approach Benjamin Cummings, Boston;
BIOL1002 Living Systems

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr William Figueira Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 2.5-hour practical per week and tutorials every few weeks. Prohibitions: BIOL1500, BIOL1902; BIOL1992 Assumed knowledge: HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February). Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, quizzes (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Living Systems deals with the biology of organisms as individuals, within populations and as part of communities and ecosystems. A broad range of taxa is presented, from bacteria to large plants and animals, and emphasis is placed on understanding the ways in which they can live in different habitats. Behaviour is discussed as a key process linking organismal-level processes to population and community dynamics. The importance of energy in living systems, and how elements are used and recycled in biological communities, are introduced as the basis of ecosystems. The unit of study includes lectures and laboratory classes on the physiology and behaviour of animals and plants, the ways in which organisms control and integrate their activities and the processes controlling dynamics of populations and community. These themes are revisited within applied contexts to discuss issues such as management and conservation. This unit of study provides a good foundation for intermediate biology units of study.
Textbooks
Knox R B et al. Biology. An Australian Focus. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill. 2010.
BIOL1902 Living Systems (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr William Figueira Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 2.5-hour practical per week and tutorials every few weeks. Prerequisites: Distinction or better in the BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993, OR HSC Biology equal to 90 or greater Prohibitions: BIOL1500, BIOL1002; BIOL1992, BIOL1904, BIOL1905 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, quizzes, independent project (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study has the same overall structure as BIOL1002 but material is discussed in greater detail and at a more advanced level. Students enrolled in BIOL1902 participate in alternative components, which include a separate lecture and practical stream from BIOL1001 as well as a field trip to collect data for projects. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
As for BIOL1002.
BIOL1992 Living Systems (Special Studies)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Dieter Hochuli Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 2.5-hour practical per week (including project work) and fieldwork. Prerequisites: ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medallist in International Biology Olympiad OR exceptional performance in relevant units of study Prohibitions: BIOL1002, BIOL1902 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (38%), week 6 and 10 tests (20%) lab notebook and summary (12%), quizzes (10%), independent project (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Entry to Special Studies Program in Living Systems 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 BIOL1992 differs from that of BIOL1902 (Advanced) and includes special research project-based exercises under the direct supervision of academics.
Textbooks
Knox, B., Ladiges, P., Evans, B. and Saint, R. (2010) Biology, 4th edition. (McGraw Hill: Sydney)
MBLG1001 Molecular Biology and Genetics (Intro)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dale Hancock Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week; one 1-hour tutorial and one 4-hour practical per fortnight Prohibitions: MBLG1901; MBLG1991 Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry. Assessment: One 2.5-hour exam (60%), Lab reports (15%), assignments (10%), prac test (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The lectures in this unit of study introduce the "Central Dogma" of molecular biology and genetics -i.e., the molecular basis of life. The course begins with the information macromolecules in living cells: DNA, RNA and protein, and explores how their structures allow them to fulfill their various biological roles. This is followed by a review of how DNA is organised into genes leading to discussion of replication and gene expression (transcription and translation). The unit concludes with an introduction to the techniques of molecular biology and, in particular, how these techniques have led to an explosion of interest and research in Molecular Biology. The practical component complements the lectures by exposing students to experiments which explore the measurement of enzyme activity, the isolation of DNA and the 'cutting' of DNA using restriction enzymes. However, a key aim of the practicals is to give students higher level generic skills in computing, communication, criticism, data analysis/evaluation and experimental design.
Textbooks
Introduction to Molecular Biology MBLG1001 & MBLG1901, 3rd edition compiled by D. Hancock, G. Denyer and B. Lyon, Pearson ISBN 978 1 4860 0039 5
MBLG1901 Molecular Biology and Genetics (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dale Hancock Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week; one 1-hour tutorial and one 4-hour practical per fortnight. Prerequisites: Minimum Band 5 in HSC Chemistry and HSC Biology, or 6 credit points from both Chemistry and Biology. Prohibitions: MBLG1001; MBLG1991 Assumed knowledge: HSC Chemistry and Biology OR 6 credit points of Junior Biology and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry Assessment: One 2.5-hour exam (60%), Lab reports (15%), assignments (10%), prac test (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The lectures in this unit of study introduce the "Central Dogma" of molecular biology and genetics, i.e., the molecular basis of life. The course begins with the information macro-molecules in living cells: DNA,RNA and protein, and explores how their structures allow them to fulfill their various biological roles. This is followed by a review of how DNA is organised into genes leading to discussion of replication and gene expression (transcription and translation). The unit concludes with an introduction to the techniques of molecular biology and, in particular, how these techniques have led to an explosion of interest and research in Molecular Biology. The practical component complements the lectures by exposing students to experiments which explore the measurement of enzyme activity, the isolation of DNA and the 'cutting' of DNA using restriction enzymes. However,a key aim of the practicals is to give students higher level generic skills in computing, communication, criticism, data analysis/evaluation and experimental design. The advanced component is designed for students interested in continuing in molecular biology. It consists of 7 advanced lectures (replacing 7 regular lectures) and 3 advanced laboratory sessions (replacing 3 regular practical classes). The advanced lectures will focus on the experiments which led to key discoveries in molecular biology. The advanced practical sessions will give students the opportunity to explore alternative molecular biology experimental techniques. Attendance at MBLG1999 seminars is strongly encouraged.
Textbooks
Introduction to Molecular Biology MBLG1001 & MBLG1901, 3rd edition compiled by D. Hancock, G. Denyer and B. Lyon, Pearson ISBN 978 1 4860 0039 5
MBLG1991 Molecular Biology and Genetics (SSP)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dale Hancock Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week; one 1-hour tutorial and one 4-hour practical per fortnight Prerequisites: (ATAR of at least 99.0 or equivalent and Band 6 in Chemistry or Biology) OR (Medallist in an International Biology or Chemistry Olympiad) OR (Exceptional performance in a relevant unit of study). Prohibitions: MBLG1001, MBLG1901 Assessment: One 2.5 hour exam (60%), project report and presentation (15%), assignments (10%), practical test (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The lectures in this unit of study introduce the "Central Dogma" of molecular biology and genetics -i.e., the molecular basis of life. Taking an experimental approach, the course begins with the information macromolecules in living cells: DNA, RNA and protein, and explores how their structures allow them to fulfil their various biological roles. This is followed by a review of how DNA is organised into genes leading to discussion of replication and gene expression (transcription and translation). The unit concludes with an introduction to the techniques of molecular biology and, in particular, how these techniques have led to an explosion of interest and research in Molecular Biology. The practical component is a synthetic biology project investigating the properties of genetically engineered organisms. It covers the same concepts and techniques as the existing MBLG1001 and MBLG1901 streams, but in a more advanced and project-style context. The aim of this project is to give students experience in using molecular biology approaches to solve current environmental and medical problems. In the context of this research students will have the opportunity to develop higher level generic skills in computing, communication, critical analysis, problem solving, data analysis/evaluation and experimental design.
Textbooks
Introduction to Molecular Biology & Genetics (3rd Edition) Pearson ISBN 978 1 4860 0039 5, Nature Science education (Macmillan)
Intermediate units of study
BIOL2016 Cell Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Murray Thomson. Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12cp of Junior BIOL; or 6cp of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901); or (6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry). Prohibitions: BIOL2916 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1001 Assessment: One 3-hour theory exam, 1 project assignment, 1 practical report (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
This unit of study focuses on contemporary principles in cell biology and development in plants and animals, with emphasis on cellular functions and a focus on the molecular perspective, fundamental to understanding biological organisms. Topics include cancer and control of cell division and migration, pre-programmed cell death, molecular signalling and transport systems, cellular endocrinology and embryonic development. The practical component provides students with hands-on training in key research techniques using modern equipment. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P. 2007. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th Edition. Garland Science.
BIOL2916 Cell Biology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Murray Thomson. Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12cp of Junior Biology, or 6cp of Junior Biology and (MBLG1001 or MBLG901), or 6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Prohibitions: BIOL2016 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1001 Assessment: One 3-hour exam, 1 practical report, 1 project assignment (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.
The content of BIOL2916 will be based on BIOL2016 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
As for BIOL2016
BIOL2021 Zoology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Frank Seebacher Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL2911, BIOL2921, BIOL2011, BIOL2912, BIOL2012 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam (50%), Lab book (15%), Invertebrate Collection (20%), Oral presentation (15%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides an overview of the functional and phylogenetic diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The material is presented within the conceptual framework of evolution, the foundation of biology. Lectures explore the diversity of major functional systems and behaviour in the context of environmental challenges and the ecological roles of different animal groups. Laboratory classes include dissections and demonstrations of the functional anatomy of invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as experiments. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Recommended reading: Hickman CP, Roberts LS, Larson A, l'Anson H 2004. Integrated Principles of Zoology, 12th ed. McGraw Hill, NY. Withers, P. 1992 Comparative Animal Physiology. Saunders, New York
BIOL2921 Zoology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Frank Seebacher Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2-hour lecture and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator. Prohibitions: BIOL2911, BIOL2021, BIOL2912, BIOL2011, BIOL2012 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam (50%), Lab book (15%), Invertebrate Collection (20%), Advanced poster presentation (15%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content of BIOL2921 will be based on BIOL2021 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Recommended reading: Hickman CP, Roberts LS, Larson A, l'Anson H 2004. Integrated Principles of Zoology, 12th ed. McGraw Hill, NY. Withers, P. 1992 Comparative Animal Physiology. Saunders, New York
BIOL2022 Biology Experimental Design & Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Clare McArthur Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures per week and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2922 Assessment: Practical reports/presentations (60%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit considers how biology is practiced as a quantitative, experimental and theoretical science. It focuses on the underlying principles and practical skills required to explore questions and test hypotheses, particularly where background variation (error) is inherently high. In so doing, it provides an understanding of how biological research is designed, analysed and interpreted using statistics. Lectures focus on sound experimental and statistical principles, using examples in biology to demonstrate concepts. In the practical sessions, students design and perform, analyse (using appropriate statistical tools) and interpret their own experiments to answer research questions in topics relevant to each student's particular interest. The unit provides foundational skills essential for doing research in biology and for critically judging the research of others. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Required: Ruxton, G. and Colegrave, N. 2010. Experimental design for the life sciences. 3rd Ed. Oxford
BIOL2922 Biol Experimental Design & Analysis Adv

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Clare McArthur Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures per week and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator. Prohibitions: BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2022 Assessment: Practical reports/presentations (60%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content of BIOL2922 will be based on BIOL2022 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Required: Ruxton, G. and Colegrave, N. 2010. Experimental design for the life sciences. 3rd Ed. Oxford
BIOL2023 Botany

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rosanne Quinnell, A/Prof Murray Henwood Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures, one tutorial and one 2- to 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp Junior Sciences Prohibitions: PLNT2902, PLNT2003, BIOL2904, BIOL2923, PLNT2002, PLNT2903, BIOL2003, BIOL2004, BIOL2903 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (40%), anatomy project (20%), quizzes (10%), one 2-hour practical exam (30%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
This unit of study focuses on the remarkable world of plants and recent advances in botanical research. A phylogenetic approach provides the systematic foundation to this unit and is fundamental to biology. Students are introduced to large-scale patterns in plant morphology and distribution (biogeography). At a different scale, this unit of study investigates the structure of cells, tissues and organs of flowering plants and addresses how plants are constructed and how they respond to environmental signals (incl. stress responses). There is a focus on recent advances in botanical research. Students will develop skills in phylogenetic inference, plant identification and plant anatomy. The content is well-suited to students with specific interests in botany, broad interests in biology (ecology, bioinformatics, environmental science, molecular and cell biology, genetics and biotechnology) and broader disciplines (e.g. education, arts, and environmental law).
This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Evert RF and Eichhorn SE. 2013. Raven: Biology of Plants. 8th Ed. Freeman & Co Publishers. New York. NY.
BIOL2923 Botany (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rosanne Quinnell, A/Prof Murray Henwood Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures, one tutorial and one 2- to 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average in at least 6 credit points of Junior Biology units of study and 6 credit points Junior Sciences. Prohibitions: BIOL2904, BIOL2004, PLNT2003, PLNT2002, BIOL2903, BIOL2003, BIOL2023, PLNT2902, PLNT2903 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (40%), one 2-hour practical exam (30%), research project (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students planning to major in Biology or Plant Sciences are recommended to complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) before enrolling in this unit.
The content of BIOL2923 will be based on BIOL2023 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Evert RF and Eichhorn SE. 2013. Raven: Biology of Plants. 8th Ed. Freeman & Co Publishers. New
BIOL2024 Ecology and Conservation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Peter Banks Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL2924 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 Assessment: Practical reports/presentations (50%), one 2-hour exam (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the ecological principles driving the major ecosystems of the world and ecological processes behind the world's major conservation issues. It aims to develop in students the core foundations for an understanding of Ecology and its application in conservation. Lectures will focus on the ecology of the major terrestrial and marine biomes of the world. Application of ecological theory and methods to practical conservation problems will be integrated throughout the unit of study. Practical sessions will provide hands-on experience in ecological sampling and data handling to understand the ecology of marine and terrestrial environments, as well as ecological simulations to understand processes. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Recommended: Essentials of Ecology 3rd edition (2008). Townsend, CR, Begon, M, Harper, JL . John
BIOL2924 Ecology and Conservation (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Peter Banks Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator. Prohibitions: BIOL2024 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 Assessment: Practical reports/presentations (50%), one 2-hour exam (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content of BIOL2924 will be based on BIOL2024 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Recommended: Essentials of Ecology 3rd edition (2008). Townsend, CR, Begon, M, Harper, JL . John
MBLG2072 Genetics and Genomics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Penny Smith Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-3 hour practical per week, one tutorial every second week. Prerequisites: 6cp of Junior Biology and (one of MBLG1001 and MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry Prohibitions: MBLG2002, MBLG2972, MBLG2102, MBLG2902 Assumed knowledge: 12cp of Junior Chemistry Assessment: One 2 hour exam (50%), laboratory reports and quizzes (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: For students planning a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
This unit of study brings together traditional genetic analysis and modern molecular biology to study genetics of all life forms from humans and other complex multicellular organisms through to single celled organisms such as bacteria. Students will be introduced to complex modes of Mendelian inheritance, including those involved in human diseases. The molecular basis for different patterns of inheritance will be discussed. The interaction of genes and gene products will be illustrated by the examination of the molecular genetics of development. The application of genomics to the study of genetic variation, molecular evolution and gene function in humans and model organisms will also be described. In the practical sessions students will investigate the genetics of a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms in order to illustrate concepts covered in the lecture material. Students will develop familiarity and competence with equipment used in molecular genetic analysis, bioinformatics, microscopy and statistical tests. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study, which can lead to a major in Biology, and successful completion of this unit of study is required in order to progress in the Molecular Biology and Genetics major.
MBLG2972 Genetics and Genomics (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Penny Smith Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-3 hour practical per week, one tutorial every second week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across 6cp of Junior Biology, 6cp of (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Prohibitions: MBLG2002, MBLG2072, MBLG2102, MBLG2902 Assumed knowledge: 12cp of Junior Chemistry Assessment: One 2-hour exam (50%), laboratory reports and quizzes (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: For students planning for a Molecular Biology and Genetics major, 12cp of Junior Chemistry is required.
The content of MBLG2972 will be based on MBLG2072 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year but includes a practical project in the laboratory to improve molecular biology skills
Intermediate field units of study
BIOL2009 Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Glenda Wardle Session: Intensive August Classes: Note: One 6-day field trip held in the pre-semester break (July 20 - July 25 inclusive) and four 4-hour practical classes during weeks 1-4 of semester 2. Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) Prohibitions: BIOL3909, BIOL3009, BIOL2909 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology Assessment: Two in-class quizzes (20%), Major research report (40%), Sampling project report (20%), Research proposal and presentation (10%), Data collection and analysis in teams (10%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
This field course provides a practical introduction in the experimental analysis of terrestrial populations and assemblages. The experience is best suited to students who will continue into senior units of study in ecology. Students learn a broad range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. The field work incorporates survey techniques for plants, small mammals and other fauna and thus provides a good background for ecological consulting work. Students attend a week-long field course and participate in a large-scale research project as part of a large team, as well as conducting a research project that they design with a small group of students. Invited experts contribute to the lectures and discussions on issues relating to the ecology, conservation and management of Australia's terrestrial flora and fauna. This unit will be available in EVEN years (2014, 2016...) only. You may take an alternative field unit of study when this unit is unavailable. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit, based on placement availability and merit. Contact the School of Biological Sciences Office for the Special Permission form to request enrolment.
BIOL2909 Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Glenda Wardle Session: Intensive August Classes: Note: One 6-day field trip held in the pre-semester break (July 20 - July 25 inclusive) and four 4-hour practical classes during weeks 1-4 of semester 2. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL2009, BIOL3909, BIOL3009 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology Assessment: Discussions and quiz (10%), research project proposal and brief presentation (10%), sampling project report (20%), specimen collection (10%), research project report (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
This unit has the same objectives as BIOL2009 Terrestrial Field Ecology, and is suitable for qualified students who wish to pursue certain aspects at a more advanced level. Entry is restricted, and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their previous performance. Students taking this unit of study will participate in alternatives to some elements of the standard course and will be required to pursue the objectives by more independent means. Specific details of this unit of study and assessment will be announced in meetings with students at the beginning of the unit.
This field course provides a practical introduction in the experimental analysis of terrestrial populations and assemblages. The experience is best suited to students who will continue into senior units of study in ecology. Students learn a broad range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. The field work incorporates survey techniques for plants, small mammals and other fauna and thus provides a good background for ecological consulting work. Students attend a week-long field course and participate in a large-scale research project as part of a large team as well as conducting a research project that they design with a small group of students. Invited experts contribute to the lectures and discussions on issues relating to the ecology, conservation and management of Australia's terrestrial flora and fauna.
This unit will be available in EVEN years (2014, 2016...) only. You may take an alternative field unit of study when this unit is unavailable. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit, based on placement availability and merit. Contact the School of Biological Sciences Office for the Special Permission form to request enrolment.
BIOL2010 Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Matthew Greenlees Session: Intensive February Classes: One week intensive field trip plus one week intensive lecture and prac session. Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL3010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 Assessment: Practical exam (15%), Presentation (15%), Reports (30%), Theory exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna and native wildlife management presents special challenges for biologists, conservationists and land managers because of Australia's climate, landforms, and the rarity of many species. This unit of study considers fundamental questions in biology by addressing the biogeography, ecology and management of Australia's terrestrial fauna, with a focus on the wet-dry tropical savannah woodlands. Study in this unit includes a one-week field trip at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory and at Litchfield National Park. Professional biologists working on a range of environmental issues in wet-dry tropical woodlands from the Northern Territory will present guest lecturers to students and, in the field, students will track and identify wildlife and conduct faunal surveys. The fieldtrip is followed by a one-week intensive of lectures and prac sessions on Camperdown campus. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
BIOL2910 Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Matthew Greenlees Session: Intensive February Classes: One week intensive field trip plus one week intensive lecture and prac session. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator. Prohibitions: BIOL3010, BIOL2010, BIOL3910 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 Assessment: Practical exam (15%), Presentation (15%), Reports (30%), Theory exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL2010 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level.The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna. Because of Australia's unusual climate, landforms, and the rarity of many species, the management of our native wildlife presents special challenges for biologists, conservationists and land managers. This unit of study addresses the biogeography, ecology and management of Australia's terrestrial fauna, with a focus on the wet-dry tropical savannah woodlands. It comprises a one-week field trip at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory plus one week intensive lecture and prac session. The unit of study will provide students with an exciting, hands-on first experience of terrestrial field ecology. During the trip, students will learn how to carry out fauna surveys, how to identify animals, and how to track wildlife. Biologists working on a range of environmental issues in wet-dry tropical woodlands will present guest lectures to students during the field trip. Students will travel to other locations including Litchfield National Park on the last day to introduce them to the various habitats occurring in the Top End.
BIOL2020 Introduction to Coral Reef Biology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Maria Byrne Session: Intensive July Classes: 7-day intensive field course (21-27 July inclusive). Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Junior BIOL; or 6 credit points of Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL3016, BIOL2920, BIOL3916 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology Assessment: Two 1000-word essays (2x10%), one 2000-word field report (40%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative intermediate field units in ODD numbered years.
This unit covers the key biological organisms and processes in coral reef environments and linkages between them. Emphasis is given to corals, other reef associated invertebrates (e.g. echinoderms), plankton and fishes. Ecological and physiological aspects of key organisms are explored. Aspects covered include oceanography, biogeography, distribution of corals, coral bleaching and health, symbioses, the input of plankton to reefs, the role of fishes and invertebrate bio-eroders in reef environments, and impacts of environmental change on coral reef health. The unit is well suited to students with interests in marine science and ecology, environmental sciences and broader disciplines (e.g. education, arts, and environmental law). This unit will be available in EVEN years (2014, 2016...) only. You may take an alternative field unit of study when this unit is unavailable. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit, based on placement availability and merit. Contact the School of Biological Sciences Office for the Special Permission form to request enrolment.
Textbooks
Hutchings PA, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and M. J. Kingsford (eds) 2008 The Great Barrier Reef, Biology, Environment and Management. CSIRO Press. Hopley 2011 Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs. Springer.
BIOL2920 Introduction to Coral Reef Biology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Maria Byrne Session: Intensive July Classes: 7-day intensive field course (21-27 July inclusive). Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL2020, BIOL3916, BIOL3016 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology Assessment: Two 1000-word essays (2x10%), one 2000-word field report designed specifically for the Advanced stream (40%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in ODD years.
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL2020 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. This unit covers the key biological organisms and processes in coral reef environments and linkages between them. Emphasis is given to corals, other reef associated invertebrates (e.g. echinoderms), plankton and fishes. Ecological and physiological aspects of key organisms are explored. Aspects covered include oceanography, biogeography, distribution of corals, coral bleaching and health, symbioses, the input of plankton to reefs, the role of fishes and invertebrate bio-eroders in reef environments, and impacts of environmental change on coral reef health. The unit is well suited to students with interests in marine science and ecology, environmental sciences and broader disciplines (e.g. education, arts, and environmental law). This unit will be available in EVEN years (2014, 2016...) only. You may take an alternative field unit of study when this unit is unavailable. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit, based on placement availability and merit. Contact the School of Biological Sciences Office for the Special Permission form to request enrolment.
Textbooks
Hutchings PA, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and M. J. Kingsford (eds) 2008 The Great Barrier Reef, Biology, Environment and Management. CSIRO Press. Hopley 2011 Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs. Springer.
BIOL2028 Introduction to Marine Field Ecology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman Session: Intensive July Classes: 8-day intensive field course Prerequisites: 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). Prohibitions: BIOL3908, BIOL2928, BIOL3008 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 cp of Intermediate Biology Assessment: In-class test on Biodiversity (30%), descriptive reports of sampling methodologies appropriate to different organisms (20%), practical reports/presentations (40%), record keeping and participation (10%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
This fieldwork unit of study provides an introduction to experimental research on marine organisms. Students do research projects designed to develop an understanding of the experimental studies of marine organisms and the analysis of resulting data. The ethos of the unit is to encourage students to develop a logical approach to hypothesis testing in marine ecology, by experimentally testing hypotheses on the distribution and behaviour of marine organisms. Emphasis is given to developing research skills in field ecology and placing empirical observations into a coherent logical structure. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Textbooks
Recommended
BIOL2928 Introduction to Marine Field Ecology Adv

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman Session: Intensive July Classes: 8-day intensive field course Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator. Prohibitions: BIOL3008, BIOL2028, BIOL3908 Assumed knowledge: BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12cp of Intermediate Biology Assessment: In-class test on biodiversity (30%), review of a research paper (20%), practical reports/presentations (40%), record keeping and participation (10%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
The content of BIOL2928 will be based on BIOL2028 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Recommended
Senior units of study
BIOL3007 Ecology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Dieter Hochuli Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3907 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, group presentations, one essay, one project report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the dynamics of ecological systems, and considers the interactions between individual organisms and populations, organisms and the environment, and ecological processes. Lectures are grouped around four dominant themes: Interactions, Evolutionary Ecology, The Nature of Communities, and Conservation and Management. Emphasis is placed throughout on the importance of quantitative methods in ecology, including sound planning and experimental designs, and on the role of ecological science in the conservation, management, exploitation and control of populations. Relevant case studies and examples of ecological processes are drawn from marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems, with plants, animals, fungi and other life forms considered as required. Students will have some opportunity to undertake short term ecological projects, and to take part in discussions of important and emerging ideas in the ecological literature.
Textbooks
Begon M, Townsend CR, Harper JL (2005) Ecology, From individuals to ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell.
BIOL3907 Ecology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Dieter Hochuli Session: Semester 2 Classes: See BIOL3007 Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3007 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, presentations, one essay, one project report (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit has the same objectives as BIOL3007 Ecology, and is suitable for students who wish to pursue certain aspects in greater depth. Entry is restricted, and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their previous performance. Students taking this unit of study participate in alternatives to some elements of the standard course and will be encouraged to pursue the objectives by more independent means in a series of research tutorials. Specific details of this unit of study and assessment will be announced in meetings with students in week 1 of semester 2. This unit of study may be taken as part of the BSc (Advanced) program.
Textbooks
As for BIOL3007
BIOL3013 Marine Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) Prohibitions: BIOL3913 Assessment: Practical reports, data exercises and exams (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
We will examine in detail processes that are important for the establishment and maintenance of marine communities. Lectures will expose students to the key ideas, researchers and methodologies within selected fields of marine biology. Laboratory sessions and field excursions will complement the lectures by providing students with hands-on experience with the organisms and the processes that affect them. Students will develop critical analysis and scientific writing skills while examining the current literature.
BIOL3913 Marine Biology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman Session: Semester 2 Classes: See BIOL3013. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) Prohibitions: BIOL3013 Assessment: Practical reports, data exercises and exams (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Qualified students will participate in alternative components of the BIOL3013 Marine Biology unit. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
BIOL3018 Gene Technology and Genomics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Neville Firth Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL. Prohibitions: BIOL3918 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (60%), assignments (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
A unit of study with lectures, practicals and tutorials on the application of recombinant DNA technology and the genetic manipulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Lectures cover the applications of molecular genetics in biotechnology and consider the regulation, impact and implications of genetic engineering and genomics. Topics include biological sequence data and databases, comparative genomics, the cloning and expression of foreign genes in bacteria, yeast, animal and plant cells, novel human and animal therapeutics and vaccines, new diagnostic techniques for human and veterinary disease, and the genetic engineering of animals and plants. Practical work may include nucleic acid isolation and manipulation, gene cloning and PCR amplification, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics, immunological detection of proteins, and the genetic transformation and assay of plants.
BIOL3918 Gene Technology and Genomics Advanced

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Neville Firth Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL. Prohibitions: BIOL3018 Assessment: One 2-hour exam (60%), assignments (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Qualified students will participate in alternative components of BIOL3018 Gene Technology & Genomics. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.
BIOL3026 Developmental Genetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Mary Byrne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Twenty-four 1 hour lectures/tutorials per semester and up to 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL. Prohibitions: BIOL3926, BIOL3929 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Developmental genetics discusses major concepts and our current understanding of developmental biology with an emphasis on molecular genetics. The developmental genetics of animal and plant systems will be investigated, along with approaches used to determine gene function in relation to development of complex multicellular organisms. Topics include the features and resources for model organisms; the generation of mutants for forward and reverse genetics; the application of mutants to the study gene function and gene networks; spatial and temporal gene expression in pattern formation; quantitative trait loci analysis; utility of genome wide association studies; epigenetics in relation to inheritance; genome information in the study of human genetics. Reference will be made to the use of modern techniques in developmental biology such as transgenics, recombinant DNA technology, tissue-specific expression analysis. Various methods of genetic mapping will be covered. Practical work complements the theoretical aspects of the course and develops important skills in genetics.
BIOL3926 Developmental Genetics (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Mary Byrne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Twenty-four 1 hour lectures/tutorials per semester and up to 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL. Prohibitions: BIOL3929, BIOL3026 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Qualified students will participate in alternative components to BIOL3026 Developmental Genetics. The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year. Some assessment will be in an alternative format to components of BIOL3026.
BIOL3043 Plant Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Charles Warren Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3943, PLNT3901, PLNT3902, PLNT3001, PLNT3002 Assessment: Practical report / lab notebook / group presentation (45%), class discussions (15%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores major concepts, discoveries and controversies in the plant sciences. Lectures will examine the mechanisms plants employ to adapt and acclimate to the environment. Major topics include growth and development, acquisition of resources such as light and nutrients, perception and response to signals, and interactions of plants with other organisms. Emphasis will be placed on integration of plant responses from molecular through to whole plant scales. There is a focus on recent research that has been critical in enhancing our current understanding of plant biology. Lectures are augmented by experimental work. This unit of study complements other Senior units of study in the Plant Science Major and is essential for those seeking a career in plant biology.
BIOL3943 Plant Science (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Charles Warren Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: PLNT3002, PLNT3902, PLNT3001, BIOL3043, PLNT3901 Assessment: Practical report / lab notebook / group presentation (45%), class discussions (15%), one 2-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3043 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. This unit explores major concepts, discoveries and controversies in the plant sciences. Lectures will examine the mechanisms plants employ to adapt and acclimate to the environment. Major topics include growth and development, acquisition of resources such as light and nutrients, perception and response to signals, and interactions of plants with other organisms. Emphasis will be placed on integration of plant responses from molecular through to whole plant scales. There is a focus on recent research that has been critical in enhancing our current understanding of plant biology. Lectures are augmented by experimental work. This unit of study complements other Senior units of study in the Plant Science Major and is essential for those seeking a career in plant biology.
BIOL3044 Evolution and Biodiversity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof M. Henwood Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures and three practicals per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: PLNT3903, PLNT3003, BIOL3025, BIOL3944, BIOL3925 Assessment: Practical reports and/or presentations (60%), one 1.5-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How did the diversity of life arise? Why are there so many species? Why do animals and plants seem so well designed for their environments? How do we explain patterns of distribution across continents? These are some of the key questions that we will examine in this Unit. The Unit begins with a survey of the history of evolutionary thought, and the so-called 'new synthesis'; the melding of Darwinian evolution, systematics and genetics. The Unit will provide training in the principles, methods, and applications of evolutionary biology including systems of classification, the genetics of speciation and hybrid zones, molecular evolution, reconstruction of phylogenies, population genetics, historical interpretation of geographic distributions, evolution of sex, adaptation, human evolution, and selfish gene theory. Examples from a broad range of organisms and data sources will be used throughout the Unit. This Unit is valuable for students who intend to seek employment in areas such as biodiversity research, bioinformatics, ecology, taxonomy, biological conservation and teaching.
Textbooks
Freeman and Herron (2011) Evolutionary Analysis, Pearson/Prentice Hall
BIOL3944 Evolution and Biodiversity (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Murray Henwood Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures or three practicals per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: PLNT3003, BIOL3044, BIOL3925, BIOL3025, PLNT3903 Assessment: Practical reports and/or presentations (60%), one 1.5-hour exam (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3044 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. How did the diversity of life arise? Why are there so many species? Why do animals and plants seem so well designed for their environments? How do we explain patterns of distribution across continents? These are some of the key questions that we will examine in this Unit. The Unit begins with a survey of the history of evolutionary thought, and the so-called 'new synthesis'; the melding of Darwinian evolution, systematics and genetics. The Unit will provide training in the principles, methods, and applications of evolutionary biology including systems of classification, the genetics of speciation and hybrid zones, molecular evolution, reconstruction of phylogenies, population genetics, historical interpretation of geographic distributions, evolution of sex, adaptation, human evolution, and selfish gene theory. Examples from a broad range of organisms and data sources will be used throughout the Unit. This Unit is valuable for students who intend to seek employment in areas such as biodiversity research, bioinformatics, ecology, taxonomy, biological conservation and teaching.
Textbooks
Freeman and Herron (2011) Evolutionary Analysis, Pearson/Prentice Hall
BIOL3045 Animal Ecological Physiology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Frank Seebacher Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures and three practicals per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3945, BIOL3912, BIOL3911, BIOL3012, BIOL3011 Assessment: Two practical reports (35% and 30% of total marks, respectively), one 1.5-hour exam (35%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Animal Ecological Physiology is a conceptually based unit of study that covers physiological interactions between organisms and their environments. The unit explores evolutionary processes that allow animals to persist in variable environments. These concepts are essential to understanding biodiversity and ecological function of animal populations, and how these are likely to change under future climate change. The unit will be suitable for those with an interest in zoology, as well as students with a particular interest in ecology and evolution. There is a strong focus on experimental biology and incorporating theory into practical classes, during which students design their own experiments. The unit provides essential skills for conducting and presenting research, and for critical evaluation of published research.
BIOL3945 Animal Ecological Physiology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Frank Seebacher Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures and three practicals per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3912, BIOL3012, BIOL3045, BIOL3011, BIOL3911 Assessment: One practical report (35%) and one advanced report (30%), one 1.5-hour exam (35%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3045 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. Animal Ecological Physiology is a conceptually based unit of study that covers physiological interactions between organisms and their environments. The unit explores evolutionary processes that allow animals to persist in variable environments. These concepts are essential to understanding biodiversity and ecological function of animal populations, and how these are likely to change under future climate change. The unit will be suitable for those with an interest in zoology, as well as students with a particular interest in ecology and evolution. There is a strong focus on experimental biology and incorporating theory into practical classes, during which students design their own experiments. The unit provides essential skills for conducting and presenting research, and for critical evaluation of published research.
BIOL3046 Animal Behaviour

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ashley Ward Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3925, BIOL3025, BIOL3946 Assessment: Practical reports, one 2-hour exam (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The unit will provide a broad overview of the scientific study of animal behaviour. It will consider mechanistic and functional explanations of animal behaviour across contexts including kin selection and altruism, sociality, foraging, aggression and competition, sexual selection and mate choice, the behaviour of predators and prey, and communication and signalling. The information presented and discussed in this unit will reflect the most up-to-date research in each aspect of the field of animal behaviour. Practical sessions are closely aligned with the lecture material and will foster the development of key skills by providing hands-on experience of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
Textbooks
Davies, Krebs, West: An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th edition, Wiley-Blackwell.
BIOL3946 Animal Behaviour (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ashley Ward Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL3025, BIOL3046, BIOL3925 Assessment: Practical reports, one 2-hour exam (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3046 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. The unit will provide a broad overview of the scientific study of animal behaviour. It will consider mechanistic and functional explanations of animal behaviour across contexts including kin selection and altruism, sociality, foraging, aggression and competition, sexual selection and mate choice, the behaviour of predators and prey, and communication and signalling. The information presented and discussed in this unit will reflect the most up-to-date research in each aspect of the field of animal behaviour. Practical sessions are closely aligned with the lecture material and will foster the development of key skills by providing hands-on experience of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
Textbooks
Davies, Krebs, West: An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th edition, Wiley-Blackwell.
Senior field units of study
BIOL3008 Marine Field Ecology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman Session: Intensive July Classes: Intensive 8-day field course held in the pre-semester break. Prerequisites: 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2028, BIOL3908, BIOL2928 Assessment: Discussion groups, research project proposal, biodiversity survey report, data analysis and checking, research project report (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
This field course provides a practical introduction to the experimental analysis of marine populations and assemblages. Students gain experience using a range of intertidal sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. No particular mathematical or statistical skills are required for this subject. Group experimental research projects in the field are the focus of the unit during the day, with lectures and discussion groups about the analysis of experimental data and current issues in experimental marine ecology occurring in the evening.
Textbooks
No textbook is prescribed but Coastal Marine Ecology of Temperate Australia. Eds. Underwood, A.J. & Chapman, M.G. 1995. University of New South Wales Press, provides useful background reading.
BIOL3908 Marine Field Ecology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman. Session: Intensive July Classes: One 8-day field course held in the pre-semester break, plus four 1-hour tutorials during semester 2. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2028, BIOL3008, BIOL2928 Assessment: Discussion groups, research project proposal, biodiversity report, data analysis and checking, research project report (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
This unit has the same objectives as Marine Field Ecology BIOL3008, and is suitable for students wishing to pursue certain aspects of marine field ecology in a greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from applicants on the basis of past performance. Students taking this unit of study will be expected to take part in a number of additional tutorials after the field course on advanced aspects of experimental design and analysis and will be expected to incorporate these advanced skills into their analyses and project reports. This unit may be taken as part of the BSc(Advanced).
Textbooks
As for BIOL 3008.
BIOL3009 Terrestrial Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Glenda Wardle Session: Intensive August Classes: Note: One 6-day field trip held in the pre-semester break (July 20 - July 25 inclusive) and four 4-hour practical classes during weeks 1-4 of semester 2. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2009, BIOL2909, BIOL3909 Assessment: Discussions and quiz (10%), research project proposal and brief presentation (10%), sampling project report (20%), specimen collection (10%), research project report (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
This field course provides practical experience in terrestrial ecology suited to a broad range of careers in ecology, environmental consulting and wildlife management. Students learn a broad range of ecological sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. The field work incorporates survey techniques for plants, small mammals and invertebrates and thus provides a good background for ecological consulting work. Students attend a week-long field course and participate in a large-scale research project as well as conducting their own research project. Invited experts contribute to the lectures and discussions on issues relating to the ecology, conservation and management of Australia's terrestrial flora and fauna.
BIOL3909 Terrestrial Field Ecology (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Glenda Wardle Session: Intensive August Classes: See BIOL3009. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2009, BIOL2909, BIOL3009 Assessment: Discussions and quiz (10%), research project proposal and brief presentation (10%), sampling project report (20%), sample and data processing (10%), research project report (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit is only available in EVEN numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
This unit has the same objectives as BIOL3009 Terrestrial Field Ecology, and is suitable for students who wish to pursue certain aspects in greater depth. Entry is restricted, and selection is made from applicants on the basis of previous performance. Students taking this unit of study will complete an individual research project on a topic negotiated with a member of staff. It is expected that much of the data collection will be completed during the field trip but some extra time may be needed during semester 2. Specific details of this unit of study and assessment will be announced in meetings with students at the beginning of the unit. This unit of study may be taken as part of the BSc (Advanced) program.
BIOL3010 Tropical Wildlife Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Matthew Greenless Session: Intensive February Classes: 5-day Field School, followed by 5 days of classes at Sydney University. Prerequisites: 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, one 1-hour practical exam, one 2000-word report, one 3000-word paper, one 15-minute oral presentation (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: This unit runs in February. It cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years..
Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna, but also has the worst record of recent mammalian extinctions. Because of Australia's unusual climate, landforms, and the rarity of many species, the management of our native wildlife presents special challenges for biologists, conservationists and land managers. This unit of study addresses the biogeography, ecology and management of Australia's terrestrial fauna. The subject comprises of a five-day field course at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory. During the course, students will learn how to carry out wildlife surveys, how to identify animals, how to track wildlife, and how to design and complete a field experiment. The field trip will be complemented by guest lectures from experts in the fields of evolution, ecology and wildlife management. A one day field trip to Litchfield National Park will be held on the last day of the field course.
BIOL3910 Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Matthew Greenless Session: Intensive February Classes: See BIOL3010. Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2010, BIOL3010, BIOL2910 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, one 1-hour practical exam, one 2000-word report, one 3000-word paper, one 15-minute oral presentation (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: This unit runs in February. It cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017…) but students may apply for entry into an alternative Intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
This unit has the same objectives as BIOL3010 Tropical Wildlife Biology and Management, and is suitable for students who wish to pursue certain aspects in greater depth. Entry is restricted, and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their previous performance. Students taking this unit of study will participate in alternatives to some elements of the standard course and will be required to pursue the objectives by more independent means. For example, student willl be able to design and carry out their own field or laboratory experiment, and complete it during the five day firled trip. Specific details of this unit of study and assessment will be announced in meetings with students at the beginning of the unit. Advanced students should contact Dr Jonathan Webb via email to discuss potential projects. This unit of study may be taken as part of the BSc(Advanced) program.
BIOL3016 Coral Reef Biology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Maria Byrne Session: Intensive July Classes: Fieldwork 80 hours block mode (21-27 July inclusive). Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2020, NTMP3001, BIOL2920, BIOL3916 Assessment: Participation in field work, essay, project report and an exam (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
Coral Reef Biology is an intensive unit held at a research station on the Great Barrier Reef. The unit focuses on the dominant taxa in coral reef environments and the linkages between them. Emphasis is placed on the biological adaptations for life in tropical waters and the ecological, oceanographic and physiological processes involved. Aspects covered include: processes influencing the distribution of coral reefs, symbiosis, reef connectivity, lagoon systems, nutrient cycling and the impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic pressures on the world's corals reefs.
BIOL3916 Coral Reef Biology (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Maria Byrne Session: Intensive July Classes: Fieldwork 80 hours block mode (21-27 July inclusive). Prerequisites: Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972). Prohibitions: BIOL2920, BIOL2020, BIOL3016, NTMP3001 Assessment: Participation in field work, essay, project report and exam (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. This unit of study is only available in EVEN numbered years only (e.g. 2014, 2016...), but students are offered alternative Senior field units in ODD numbered years.
This unit has the same objectives as BIOL3016, Coral Reef Biology, and is suitable for students who wish to pursue certain aspects of tropical marine biology in greater depth, with a focus on the GBR. Entry is restricted, and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their previous performance. Students taking this unit of study will pursue individual projects in consultation with, and under the guidance of, the course coordinator. The aim is to design a project relating to the particular interests of the student. The nature of these projects will vary from year to year. This unit of study may be taken as part of the BSc (Advanced) program.