The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the five kingdoms; animal, plant, fungi, protista and monera as well as general information on animal and plant biology and general biological processes, providing the necessary background for the life sciences. These topics especially, form the core for further studies in Marine Science, Sustainable Resource Management or General Biological Sciences.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): BIOL1050. Students who have successfully completed BIOL1050 are not eligible to enrol in BIOL1070.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of animal and plant form and function

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structure and function in plants and Animals

3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of body organ systems, their interrelationships and homeostatic mechanisms

4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the major animal phyla

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of microorganisms in the environment and their role in disease

6. Apply biological techniques to the analysis and description of life forms and their microstructure

7. Use aseptic techniques for investigating growth of micro-organisms

8. Conduct, interpret and report biological experiments


Topics will include (but not be limited to):

  1. Introduction to the Animal Kingdom, as well as the biology and general processes;
  2. Identification of the major animal groups will be undertaken;
  3. Introduction to the Plant Kingdom, as well as the biology and general processes;
  4. Plant identification in regards to major coastal habitats will be undertaken;
  5. Will examine the three other kingdoms of life, Fungi, Protista group and Monera;
  6. General information for each kingdom will be discussed;
  7. General identification of members for each kingdom will be carried out.


This course has similarities to BIOL1002 and BIOL1003. If you have successfully completed both of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.¿

Assumed knowledge

No specific prior knowledge is assumed. However, to facilitate success in the course, it is desirable to have completed prior learning in some science course(s) in senior secondary school (or equivalent alternate study, such as Open Foundation). The completion of NSW HSC Biology (or equivalent), BIOL1001, BIOL1040 is considered desirable, but not essential.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Report: Reports