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.


The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is offered by the School of Biological Sciences (previously known as Plant Science and Zoology) on the Hobart campus, in February the week preceding the start of semester, and comprises 12 x 1.5 hour tutorials (21.5 contact hours) over five days, with a supplementary online component, as a series of weekly tutorials in semester two. The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is also part of the Diploma of University 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 and essay format) and computer literacy (word processing, 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, especially study and examination techniques.

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 Rob Wiltshire,


Unit name Life Science Foundation Unit
Unit code KPZ005
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Biological Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Teaching staff from the School of Biological Sciences

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school (late) On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Intensive Session Feb C On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school (late) 27/6/2016 7/7/2016 23/7/2016 19/8/2016
Intensive Session Feb C 16/2/2016 18/2/2016 19/2/2016 22/2/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2016: $1,114.00 2016: $2,005.00 010999

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

9am to 5pm intensive - mix of lectures, tutorials and practical activities over 4 days Feb 15 - 19, 2016.  Similar intensive 1 week session shortly before semester 2 starts (dates TBA).


Internal assessment by assignment

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Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.

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