Course Title: Biology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biology 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3061

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to fundamental biological concepts and skills required for further study leading tertiary levels in the fields of biology, biotechnology, biomedical science, applied science and health science. You will gain an understanding of organisms and their relationships with their environments and you will also gain a firm foundation in analytical processes and scientific methodology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Design, conduct, analyse and report on fundamental investigations related to cellular structure and biochemical processes.
  2. Apply microscopic skills, biological techniques and technologies in practical activities.
  3. Describe various human body systems and explain their functions.
  4. Relate technology used today to biological knowledge.

Program learning outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Explain and apply foundational knowledge in one or more academic disciplines.
  2. Employ academic English and communication skills appropriately in a range of academic contexts.
  3. Work independently and in groups to meet learning outcomes.
  4. Apply approaches to critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving.
  5. Apply introductory level research skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a combination of lectures and tutorials as well as an equivalent amount of time spent in self-study completing exercises and laboratory reports outside of scheduled classes. Your learning activities will include active participation in practical activities, group discussions, worksheet activities, answering given questions, answering past exam papers, study tour activities etc.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You are encouraged to use RMIT library resources, internet and other learning tools actively in your learning processes.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will include:

  • Task 1: Research report: (25%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO4
  • Task 2: Practical Activities (25%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3
  • Task 3: Quizzes (10%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  • Task 4: Examination (40%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: