Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL103
Subject Name Molecules, Cells and Organisms
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites Nil
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Practical quiz 10%; Mid Session theory 10%; final examination 50%; Dry Practical Assessment (3) 30%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS. Practical classes begin in Week 2. If you encounter problems, e-mail:

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2hrs Lectures, 3hrs Practical
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Lezanne Ooi
Mark Wilson
Tracey Kuit
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Johanna Turnbull
Tracey Kuit
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
Cell structure and function. Classes of biological molecules. Cell division. Introductory biochemistry, genetics and microbiology. Physiology of the immune system.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of the most important classes of biological molecules and the major features of the structure and function of cells and sub-cellular organelles;
2. Describe the cell cycle, the molecular basis of inheritance and the flow of genetic information from genes to proteins;
3. Describe organisms fundamental to the study of microbiology;
4. Describe how the immune system recognises and responds to immunogenic antigens;
5. Demonstrate ability to work effectively in groups; analyse results and present data clearly and concisely;
6. Demonstrate ability to research and present relevant scientific advancements in various formats (for example posters, seminars).

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Lectures begin in Week 1, Practical classes begin in Week 2. Practical class allocation is done online using SOLS. Tutorial is in week 12 only. Enrolment is automatic and based on practical class allocation. NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Campbell Biology/Jane B Reece et al. 2015, 10th ed., Australian version. Pearson, Australia. Practical Skills in Biology, Alan Jones et al. 2012, 5th Ed, Pearson Australia.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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