Curriculum & Course Descriptions


BS1001 Introductory Biology

Course Coordinator: Dr Yu Chin-Wen Kenneth (email:

Mutually Exclusive Courses: CM1051 Basic Biology and Biochemistry, CY1001 Introductory Biology

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 1

Pre-requisite: None

Course Type: BS-Core, BMS-Core, PE-STS, UE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours:: Online interactive digital media (IDM)-based courseware with self-assessments: 30-40 hours depending on the background and proficiency of students;1.5-hours weekly tutorials for face-to-face discussions on a per need basis. 

Learning Objective:
This course aims
(a) to provide the very basic understanding of biological principles from the molecular level up to its connection to the macrobiology level, with emphasis on the unifying nature of all life on Earth.
(b) to instil a basic awareness of biology in relation to other disciplines such as physical and chemical sciences

This course introduces biology at a basic molecular level and brings into perspective the unifying theme of all living things. The relationship of the molecular principles to the macroscopic view of biology will be explained. Current advances in biology that has implications to other disciplines will be presented and discussed.

Learning Outcome:

  1. To understand the basics of biology at the “molecular level”
  2. To appreciate the link of the molecular level to the macrobiology level
  3. To appreciate the unifying theme of living things
  4. To gain an awareness of the link of biology with other disciplines

Student Assessment: 

Student will be assessed by:
a. Final 2-hour written examination (60%)
b. Continual Assessment comprising of: 
- Mid-semester quiz (25%) 
- Self-assessment participation (15%) 

Johonson et al, Essentials of the Living World (4th Edition), McGraw-Hill, International Edition.ISBN 978-0-07-131840-2.
Mader et al, Biology (11th Edition), McGraw-Hill International Edition. ISBN 978-0-07-131758-0.

*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of A-Level Biology