Introduction to the Life Sciences


Introduction to the Life Sciences builds on EPCHEM137 Foundation Concepts for Chemistry and the Life Sciences and introduces concepts in the Life Sciences. Topics include the basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology: the nature and practice of biology, applications and uses of biology, the components of the cell, osmosis, homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions. Utilising a range of approaches students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental and Biological Sciences.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Express scientific ideas in a logical, coherent fashion.

2. Work individually and in groups in both practical and theoretical contexts in the verbal communication of scientific ideas.

3. Research existing theory and apply scientific method in practical contexts.

4. Solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts.

5. Use relevant technology in support of scientific inquiry.


Introduction to the Life Sciences covers:

  1. the components of plant and animal cells and their functions.
  2. osmosis.
  3. anatomy.
  4. tissues.
  5. body systems and organs.
  6. body functions.
  7. homeostasis.
  8. important biochemical reactions.


Students must be active in The Open Foundation, Newstep or Yapug Program and successfully completed EPCHEM137 to enrol in this course.You cannot enrol in this course if you have completed either EPCHEM314, EPHLTH270 or EPHLTH370.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Report

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks