Courses & Units

Applied Biology ZAS117

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Hobart and Cradle Coast students will need to travel  to Launceston to attend a 3-day workshop for this unit


In this unit you will develop your understanding of the key attributes of living things, and of the molecular basis of the processes that sustain life. During the unit’s hands-on workshop you will be introduced to a range of practical methods used to study living things, and you will use those methods to complement and extend your understanding of the concepts discussed. At-home experiments will be used as a platform for learning how to apply the scientific method, experimental design principles, and basic descriptive and inferential statistics to address biological questions and to drive decision making in the context of applied science enterprises.

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
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Science
Coordinator Doctor Janelle Brown
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and communicate essential biological concepts and the results of biological studies
  • Apply the scientific method and experimental design principles to address biological questions
  • Analyse biological data to drive decision making in the context of an applied science business
  • Critically reflect on own technical practice, discipline knowledge, and transferable skills to generate plans for self-development
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Tutorials 1-2 hours per week; Labs/workshops/field trips: up to 4 days per semester, including a 3-day workshop in Launceston.

AssessmentAT3: Biological Study - Design, Conduct and Reporting (40%)|AT1: Practical Report: Demonstration and Guided Review of Technical Practice (20%)|AT2: Knowledge-based Discussion of Pond Life (40%)
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