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Concepts in Cell & Developmental Biology (CEDB30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCEDB30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject develops a student’s knowledge of cell and developmental biology, introduced in second year subjects. The subject is arranged for students to gain an understanding of the approaches used to study cell biology and developmental biology and an appreciation of the major concepts involved in the development of a range of organisms – including microbes, invertebrates, vertebrates and plants. A particular focus is the range of approaches (genetic, cellular, anatomical and physiological) that are used to investigate biological systems and address current biological and biomedical problems, including human development, health and disease. This multi-disciplinary subject is co-taught by staff in the departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Botany, Genetics, and Zoology. A feature of this course is the application of this knowledge in pure and applied research and thus will provide a platform for students in many Life Science majors, including Biotechnology and Cell & Developmental Biology majors.

Intended learning outcomes

In completing this subject, students should:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of current concepts in cell and developmental biology.
  • Familiarity with the genetic, molecular and cellular techniques used to investigate developmental and cell biology processes in various organisms.
  • Gain an appreciation of how research in cell and developmental biology impacts on society.

Generic skills

In completing this subject, students should have:

  • Ability to interpret scientific literature.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge across several disciplines.
  • Appreciated the usefulness of basic research for understanding and solving current biological problems.
  • Ability to critically analyse scientific data.

Eligibility and requirements


Any ONE of the following 200 level subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CEDB20003 Fundamentals of Cell Biology
Semester 1
GENE20001 Principles of Genetics
Semester 1
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Semester 1
Semester 2
ZOOL20006 Comparative Animal Physiology
Semester 2
GENE20002 Genes and Genomes
Semester 2


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1

Pre-2008 degrees:

  • Consult coordinator



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Three 40 minute multiple choice tests (10% each) in early, mid and late semester;
  • One written report (1200 words; 10%) due towards the end of semester;
  • Final 2 hour written examination (60%) in end of semester exam period.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDagmar Wilhelm
    CoordinatorMary Familari
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x one hour lectures per week (total contact hours: 36)
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinators

    Dr Dagmar Wilhelm


    Dr Mary Familari


    Administrator Coordination


Time commitment details


Further information

Last updated: 16 November 2018