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Biomolecules and Cells (BIOL10002)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeBIOL10002
Semester 1
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This subject aims to familiarise students with modern concepts of molecular and cell biology as a foundation for further studies in biomedicine. Topics include the chemical building blocks of life, cell evolution and endosymbiosis; cell organelles, their structure and function; movement across membranes, enzymes and cellular reactions, energy transformations and energy recycling, cell division: mitosis and meiosis; Multicellularity depends on homeostasis and the physiological systems that regulate this process. In addition this subject introduces students to stem cells and their therapeutic potential and embryonic development (how life begins).

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be aware of the basic processes of life;
  • be familiar with the structure and function of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
  • understand the two cellular processes for harvesting energy: respiration and photosynthesis;
  • understand biological processes from the level of biomolecules to whole organism biology;
  • understand that multicellularity in animals depends on homeostasis;
  • have a basic knowledge of animal structure and function and organ systems including digestive, endocrine, nervous, immune, circulation, respiration, excretion and reproduction;
  • have a basic knowledge of stem cells and their therapeutic potential;
  • have a basic understanding of animal diversity,
  • understand the relationships between tissues and organs in the whole animal via lectures and laboratory-based activities;
  • appreciate how and why organisms are studied by taking part in laboratory-based learning activities;
  • have developed skills in laboratory procedures such as correct use of microscopes; recording observations; hypothesis testing; data analysis, presentation and interpretation.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to critically assess and assimilate new knowledge;
  • to use these skills to solve problems;
  • be able to complete basic manipulations with laboratory equipment, and dissection techniques.
  • develop skills in recording observations, analysis and interpretation of data,
  • be able to work in small groups

Last updated: 24 July 2019