Courses & Units

Applied Biology ZAS117

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of biology.  Key topics include the cell, metabolism, heritable information, growth and reproduction, sensing and response, and adaptation and evolution.  You will learn practical laboratory techniques, and use them to complement and extend your understanding of the concepts discussed within the context of a field/laboratory study.  You will also learn how to use biological data to drive decision making in the context of an applied science business, and develop written and oral communication skills that enable you to communicate biological concepts, and the objectives and results of, and conclusions drawn from, biological studies.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.

You will be introduced to:
-a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
-principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
-reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
-ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Applied Biology
Unit code ZAS117
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science

Dr Janelle Brown

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and communicate essential biological concepts and the results of biological studies
  2. Conduct biological studies using appropriate laboratory tools and techniques
  3. Evaluate own technical practice and generate plans for self-development
  4. Investigate problems and analyse biological data to drive decision making in the context of an applied science business


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010900 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2hrs per week
  • Labs/workshops/field trips: up to 6 days per term

AT1: Laboratory/Practical: Demonstration and guided review of Technical Practice (20%)

AT2: Presentation: Knowledge-based discussion of pond life (40%) Report: Biological study - Design, Conduct and reporting (40%)

AT3: Report: Biological study - Design, Conduct and reporting (40%)

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