School Of Natural Sciences

Biology 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 300221.1


Student Contribution Band: NP

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Basic Chemistry and Biology.

Equivalent Units
14430 - Foundation Biology 1, 300543 - Cell Biology, BI101A - Biological Sciences 1.1 (V1), J1760 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology

Incompatible Units
300361 - Introduction to Human Biology, BI904 - Biology for Psychologists, BI905 - Genetics and Bioscience for Psychologists, BI005A - Biology 1.1D, BI106A - Biological Sciences 1.2, BI107A - Biological Sciences 1.1(X)

About this Unit
Students studying at Campbelltown campus should refer to 300543 - Cell Biology. The cell is the basic unit of life and some basic processes, such as membrane function and the reactions involving DNA, occur in cells of all living organisms. This unit introduces the important biological chemicals involved in those processes and the study of the processes themselves. The unit also examines phenomena such as cell replication, sex cell formation, inheritance, and cell metabolism that are shared by all eukaryotes (animals, protistans, fungi and plants). The biochemical capture of the sun's energy (photosynthesis) is also studied. The evolutionary links between these cellular processes form a framework for the unit, and students consider the origin of life and their own evolution. In addition, students are introduced to the immense potential of recombinant DNA technology.

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