2018 Winter School Subject List

From Molecules to Ecosystems (BIOL1007) - Opens 09 Oct 2017

Faculty: Science
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

There are no Instructor details available for this course.

(1)  SOLES Education - soles.education@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 08 Jan 2018 
End Date: 16 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 120 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 09 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).

  2. Prohibitions - 

    BIOL1907 or BIOL1997


Processing of applications for this subject have been unexpectedly delayed per faculty advice. We will advise as soon as they have confirmed.

Paradigm shifts in biology have changed the emphasis from single biomolecule studies to complex systems of biomolecules, cells and their interrelationships in ecosystems of life. Such an integrated understanding of cells, biomolecules and ecosystems is key to innovations in biology.

Life relies on organisation, communication, responsiveness and regulation at every level. Understanding biological mechanisms, improving human health and addressing the impact of human activity are the great challenges of the 21st century.

This unit will investigate life at levels ranging from cells, and biomolecule ecosystems, through to complex natural and human ecosystems.

You will explore the importance of homeostasis in health and the triggers that lead to disease and death. You will learn the methods of cellular, biomolecular, microbial and ecological investigation that allow us to understand life and discover how expanding tools have improved our capacity to manage and intervene in ecosystems for our own health and organisms in the environment that surround and support us . You will participate in inquiry-led practicals that reinforce the concepts in the unit. By doing this unit you will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to play a role in finding global solutions that will impact our lives.


Quizzes (10%), scientific report (25%), personal response (15%), skills test (10%), summative final exam (40%)


Start Date: 08 Jan 2018     End Date: 16 Feb 2018


Tues 10:00 - 12:00

Thurs 10:00 - 12:00


Tues 14:00 - 17:00

Final Exam

Tues 20th Feb, 10:00 Start (90 mins & 10 mins reading time)


Please see unit outline on LMS