BIO1042 - Environmental Biology

General Unit Information

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BIO1042 (Life in the Environment) is ideal for students interested in learning more about ecology and environmental science.  Changes to, and the degradation of our environment are common concerns and the subject of considerable media attention. Environmental Biology covers the biosphere and environmental conditions, the adaptations of organisms to environmental stresses such as drought, salinity and fire, and the organization of plants and animals in aquatic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

This unit also covers environmental genetics, the important role of microbes in the geochemical cycling of elements and the evolution of the Australia's unique biota.  Human impacts on the environment, and the effective and responsible management of biological resources are also included in BIO1042.

As with other first year Biology units, BIO1042 is structured to encourage self-paced learning, with considerable feedback on written work and other assessment tasks.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biology by articulating the methods of biology and explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary concepts and processes, aspects of the evolution of the Australian biota, the nature of biogeochemical cycles, and human impacts on the biosphere;
  3. Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to biology by applying practical techniques and tools to conduct an investigation in the laboratory, field or virtual environment;
  4. Demonstrate competency in designing experiments, gathering data and analysing and presenting summative data in meaningful and accurate ways;
  5. Communicate scientific principles and information underlying biology-related topics in written or oral formats and using appropriate conventions for scientific attribution;
  6. Work and learn independently and collaboratively while exercising personal, professional and social responsibility that recognises the importance of practicing science sustainably, ethically and safely.

Specific Unit Information

Unit Coordinator
NamesAssoc Prof. Richard Reina
Office location18Inn
Senior Tutor
NamesDr Kelly Merrin
Office location 23Rnf
Technical Coordinator
NamesMr Christopher Wilson
Office location23Rnf
Phone990 55624 
PrescribedBiology: How Life Works, Morris, J. 2016, 2nd Edition, Macmillan Education
Program for 2019
University Handbook EntryBIO1042- Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
ScheduleBIO1042 - Workshop & Practical Schedule for 2019
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