Biology

This course provides you with the knowledge of biology with an emphasis on the workings of the human body, from cells to organ systems. This course is equivalent to year 11/12 HSC/OP Biology. This course is registered with QCAA as an authority course and can give you 4 credits towards your QCE.

The main aim of this course is to assist you in obtaining the skills and knowledge to confidently approach tertiary studies in any of the biology disciplines or allied health programs. This course also fulfils the primary education requirement for Science.

For more information please Download Our Course Outline.

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following key concepts:

  • Cell theory
  • Role of nucleic acids (DNA/RNA)
  • Genetics and inheritance
  • Homeostasis
  • Evolution
  • DNA Technology
  • Ecology and Population
  • Human anatomy
  • Environmental issues
  • Practical Lab Activities

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Write short notes on or give definitions of the technical terms used in general biology
  • Write short notes to explain the meaning or significance of key concepts in biology
  • Write brief essays to outline the structure or functioning of biological systems or to explain the unifying concepts.

For more information please download the Course Outline.

Biology has a minimum of 20 hours of approved lab activities

Biology

Lab Activities

Type of Lab

Hours

Dichotomous Key Lab

Hands-On

4

Gram Staining Lab

Virtual

1

Population Competition Activity

Virtual/Hands-On

3

Microscope Lab

Virtual

2

Onion Root Mitosis Lab

Virtual

3

Frog Dissections Lab

Virtual/Hands-On

4

Human Genetics Lab

Virtual

2

Fruit Fly Lab

Virtual

1

 

Minimum Total Hours

20

The course materials include:

  • Student welcome email
  • Electronic Course Guide Book
  • You will also receive instructions on how to access your Online Classroom to submit your assignments online.
  • Online Lab Activities

This course does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you will be self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning (within the guidelines provided by the course materials). Since this is an online course, it is presumed that you have adequate computer skills and can use the main Windows Office programs efficiently.

If you have little background in the sciences you may find that your progress through the earlier modules will be slower to begin with but much of the material is quite descriptive and familiarity with the concepts should develop quickly.

Australian students: $820
International students: $970

The course cost covers the online classroom content as well as the Statement of Achievement via express post, but does not cover the fee for sitting the final exam.

Final exam cost

$75 for students sitting their online exam within Australia

$125 for students sitting a paper-based exam within Australia

$150 for students sitting their online exam outside of Australia

$200 for students sitting their paper-based exam outside of Australia

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You have 12 months to complete this course; however, it may be completed sooner.

This course requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete.

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help, progress tests and/or assignments/activities. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete the course in 18 weeks.

To be eligible to sit the final exam, you must complete and pass all of the progress tests and lab activities with a score of 60% or higher on each. Completing all tests will improve your chances of successfully passing the final exam. More information about submitting work »

To sit for your final exam, you will need to arrange an invigilator. Please read through the exam information and processes for how to do this »

Once you have completed the online exam with a 50% or better you will be awarded a Statement of Achievement and a transcript for submission to QTAC or the like.

**It is highly recommended that you sit the specimen exam prior to siting the final exam. Most students who sit the specimen exam and receive feedback from their teacher score much higher on the final exam. Please give teachers a minimum of 1 week prior to your exam date for grading and feedback.

To Meet university deadlines you will need to sit ALL exams (no exceptions) before the Unilearn exam deadlines in order to insure you receive your Statement and Transcript in time for documentation deadlines.

For more information on exam procedures and 2015 enrolment deadlines please visit the Final Exam page.

For more information on Unilearn exam deadlines please visit the Unilearn Calendar

*Any Exam sat after this date will be graded in January once the teachers return from holiday vacations.

Tutorial support is provided by our experienced and qualified biology educator, Vanessa Kubeckis.

Before enrolling in this course, you must check with the university you plan on attending to ensure this course meets their requirements for any required pre-requisites, you must also ask the university if there are any additional requirement such as a specific final grade or exam score. (For example: some universities require you to receive at least 75% on your final exam before it will be accepted.)

Enrolments take approximately two days to be processed, but may take longer during our peak times.

As soon as payment is confirmed you will receive an email inviting you into the online classroom.