Biology - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2017: Continuous
  • Availability for 2018: Continuous
  • Assessment: Exercises - Practice questions , LabAssignment - Lab Activities (15%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 850.00
International 1,000.00

The unit is a preparatory biology unit designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge to enter into a tertiary study. This unit highlights basic concepts of biology and builds skills required to be successful in obtaining a health science or biological sciences degree. The unit explores modern biology by considering the structure and function of biological systems at various levels of organisation across a range of biological subjects.

This unit includes individual tutorial support with an experienced high school biology teacher. Tutorial support is via email, phone and an online classroom with discussion forums. There is also a Unilearn Student Support Officer available to help you throughout your study. This unit provides 4 core credits towards your QCE.

The unit has flexible enrolment dates to meet your needs. Start your study when you want and complete the unit any time within the 12 month enrolment window. This unit is equivalent to year 11/12 Biology. This unit requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete. The 18-week option is only available to you if you complete the unit in the online classroom. For international students, an additional $150 is applied to your unit for postage and handling of overseas materials. The cost of the textbook is not included in the unit price.

The final exam is not included in the unit price. The cost of the exam is $75 (International exams $150). For more information please call the Student Advisor team on 13OPEN (13 6736) or visit

Note:Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and progress tests. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete in an accelerated timeframe.

This unit covers:

UNIT 1: Introduction of Biology

  • Chapter 1 - The nature of biology

UNIT 2: The Diversity of Life

  • Chapter 2 – Classifying organisms
  • Chapter 3 – Overview of living organisms
  • Chapter 4 – Phylogenetic relationships
  • Chapter 5 – The effect of organisms on humans

UNIT 3: Ecology

  • Chapter 6 – Organisms and their environment
  • Chapter 7 – Populations
  • Chapter 8 – Ecosystem dynamics
  • Chapter 9 – Communities and their habitats
  • Chapter 10 – Human impact on the environment

UNIT 4: Animal Behaviour

  • Chapter 11 – Animal behaviour

UNIT 5: Cell Biology

  • Chapter 12 – Chemicals of life
  • Chapter 13 – Cell structure
  • Chapter 14 – Cell functions

UNIT 6: The Functioning Organism

  • Chapter 15 – Plant Physiology
  • Chapter 16 – Plant reproduction, growth and development
  • Chapter 17 – Animal physiology
  • Chapter 18 – The human body
  • Chapter 19 – Human reproduction, growth and development

UNIT 7: Genetics

  • Chapter 20 – The inheritance of characteristics
  • Chapter 21 – Gene action

UNIT 8: Evolution

  • Chapter 22 – Theories of evolution
  • Chapter 23 – The mechanisms of evolution

UNIT 9: Biotechnology

  • Chapter 24 – Biotechnology
  • Exercises — Practice questions
  • LabAssignment — Lab Activities (15%)
  • Optional Provider Exam — Invigilation by provider (70%)
  • Test — Progress Tests (15%)

This unit does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you are self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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