SLE132 - Biology: Form and Function


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: SBB132
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with: SLEM132
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour online lectures per week, 5 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester, 5 x 2 hour seminars per trimester.


SLE132 introduces students to animal and plant biology. Students will explore the relationships between structure and function and how these attributes enable living organisms to adjust to their environment. Students will begin by exploring the evolution of plants, before moving onto morphology, growth, reproduction, biotechnology, and use of plants as food and medicine. Examples of non-plant eukaryotes including algae and fungi will also be introduced and their relationship with plants explored. Focus then moves to animal form and function to explore the physiological processes that enable animals to adjust and survive in their environment. Students will also be introduced to First Nations knowledges of plants and animals.

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