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.

This unit incorporates learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, for you 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? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 2 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 2 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 27/4/2020 18/5/2020 2/6/2020 3/7/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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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. Apply discipline-based knowledge and skills, including the analysis of biological data, to investigate problems and drive decision making in the context of a fermentation or separation enterprise



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 010900

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

AT1: Guided collaborative review of technical practice (20%)

AT2: Technical report on Industry Scenario (40%)

AT3: Knowledge-based discussion of pond life - oral presentation (40%)

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