Courses & Units

Life Science Foundation Unit KPZ005


This unit is specifically intended for mature-aged students returning to study and students who have not previously studied the life sciences.

Note:  this unit is taught 9am to 5pm intensively over 4 days from Feb 19 - 23, 2018.


The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is offered twice each year by the School of Biological Sciences (previously known as Plant Science and Zoology) on the Hobart campus. The first delivery runs in February in the week preceding the start of Semester 1, and comprises four intensive days with a combination of lectures, skills workshops and practical laboratory sessions. The second delivery runs with the same structure in July in the week preceding the start of Semester 2. The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is also part of the Diploma of University Studies and the Bachelor of General Studies.

The unit provides both conceptual and practical knowledge of introductory biological science for students. Theoretical topics include: basic chemistry of life; osmosis; diffusion and active transport; the cell concept; an introduction to genetics and evolution, and the classification of living organisms. Generic skills in academic writing (report writing) and computer literacy (data handling) will be gained. Practical skills include the correct use of microscopes; estimating the size of microscopic objects; dissection skills; observation and drawing from slides; and other hands-on practical experience. This program will provide guidance to the standards required during first year studies in life sciences.

The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is available to students who have been offered a place in a course at the University and have enrolled or are considering enrolment in a first year Plant Science and/or Zoology unit. All students wishing to take the Life Sciences Foundation Unit will be enrolled for the unit under an Associate Degree in Science. There are no year 12 prerequisites to study the program.

The program will be examined by internal assessment of theoretical and practical components. The grades awarded include: Pass (50-59%), Credit (60-69%), Distinction (70-79%) and High Distinction (80+%). Students who fail the course are advised not to enrol in first year studies in life sciences.

For further details contact  Dr Ashley Edwards,


Unit name Life Science Foundation Unit
Unit code KPZ005
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Dr Ashley Edwards

Teaching staff

Teaching staff from the School of Biological Sciences

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

9am to 5pm intensive - mix of lectures, tutorials and practical activities over 4 days in the week before semester 1 starts. Similar intensive 1 week session immediately before semester 2 starts.


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