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Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO152)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces components of cells, their synthesis, function and control mechanisms; demonstrates the integrated, controlled nature of the normal cell; and develops both manual and conceptual skills in biology. Topics: cell ultrastructure; proteins; enzymes; membranes; energy metabolism; oxidative phosphorylation; electron transport chains; photosynthesis; structure of DNA; transcription and the role of RNA in the cell; the genetic code; translation and the role of ribosomes; gene control; DNA synthesis; chromosomes and mitosis; meiosis; introduction to genetics, inheritence and cell specialisation.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; laboratories: 6 x 3 hour sessions per semester.
Assessment Assignment Description Value
Laboratory reports (six) Answer sheet (1,6) or Written report (2,3,4,5)
Written reports are returned with annotations and feedback to indicate how they could be improved. 25%
Mid Semester Exam Lectures 1-15 and Laboratories 1-2, inclusive
All multiple choice questions, marks and correct answers are made available in LMS 20%
Final Exam All of the Unit material
Multiple choice, short answer and problem solving. Past papers and sample answers are made available in the LMS. 55%
The final score is the total of these components added together.
There is no requirement that you pass each of the components to pass the unit.
Prerequisites A thorough knowledge of WACE Stage 3 Chemistry is assumed. Students who did not achieve a WACE course score of more than 60% in Stage 3 Chemistry (3A/3B) within the three years immediately preceding enrolment are required to pass CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry before enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BIO152 Cell Biology cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Previously 2013: 'Cell Biology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Appears in these Minors Applied Animal Production
Equine Science
Molecular Biology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Cell Biology (MIT) (DBIO152) (Discontinued) - as for BIO152 except as follows
Organisational Unit No Specific School
Credit Points 3
Timetabled Learning Activities
Appears in these Minors
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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