Course Title: Examine concepts in biology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: BIOL5238

Course Title: Examine concepts in biology

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4387

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melissa Amerena

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to examine the major concepts in biology such as cell biology and ecology and their basic application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22068 Examine concepts in biology


1. Explain the basic building blocks for life

Performance Criteria:


Compare the characteristics of living and non-living things.


Identify the structures within different types of cells  and describe their function


Explain the differences between plant and animal cells


Explain the process of cell reproduction


Explain the sources of energy and the processes cells use to obtain and use energy


2. Explain the classification of living things

Performance Criteria:


Compare the characteristics of organisms within kingdom classifications


Explain the lower levels of classification


Use keys  to classify living things


3. Describe the interaction of living things

Performance Criteria:


Identify ecosystems and their features


Describe the flow of energy through ecosystems


Describe the relationships between members of ecosystems


Describe the adaptations of living things to their surroundings

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Online classes using Collaborate Ultra in Canvas


Teaching Schedule





Week 1


7th Sept


Life and cells



Week 2


14th Sept

Classification Theory




Week 3


21st Sept

Classification Practical




Week 4


28th Sept

Photosynthesis/Respiration Practical



Week 5


5th Oct

Food chains and webs




Week 6


12th Oct


Adaptations and Evolution




Week 7


19th Oct

Adaptations and Evolution





Week 8a


26th Oct


Week 8b

2nd Nov

  1. THEORY Assessment

Date and Location to be advised in the future

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include 

Laboratory practical participation
Laboratory report
Poster presentation

Assessment Tasks

 Date   Details

Mon, 21 S

ep 2020

Assignment 1. CLASSIFICATION assessment due by 11:59
Mon, 28 Sep 2020
Mon, 19 Oct 2020
Assignment 3. FOOD WEB POSTER due by 23:59
Mon, 2 Nov 2020
Assignment 4. THEORY Assessment due by 10:30

Course guides for Semester 2, 2020 were finalised and published before the semester started with all the teaching, learning and assessment information current at that time. Please note that some course guides may have small differences between Part A and Part B because of necessary changes (related to COVID-19) made to Part B during the semester.

Assessment Matrix

Will be made available on RMIT Canvas.

Other Information


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Submission of Assessment Tasks

It is expected that any work presented for assessment in this course will be your own. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Extensions of time for submission of assessable work

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time by circumstances outside your control you may apply for an extension of up to seven (7) calendar days by filling in the application form at least one working day BEFORE the due date. The application form should be emailed to your Program Coordinator, Namrita Kaul,  

If you require an extension of time longer than 7 days, you must apply for Special Consideration.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Special consideration

If you are unable to sit a test, exam or lab-based assessments due to unexpected circumstances (e.g., illness), you should apply for Special Consideration for the missed assessment. Information on applying for Special Consideration can be found from the link:

 Applications for Special Consideration should NOT be submitted to the course or program coordinator.


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