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Biomolecules and Cells (BIOL10002)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeBIOL10002
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1
12.5

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

Assessment

Description

  • a 20 minute, multiple choice test held mid-semester (5%);
  • work related to practical classes during the semester with a combination of assessment of practical skills within the practical class, completion of 4 or 5 on-line pre-practical tests; written work within the practical not exceeding 500 words; and 4 or 5 short multiple choice tests (25%);
  • completion of 5 Independent Learning Tasks throughout the semester (5%);
  • a written assignment not exceeding 500 words (5%),
  • a 3 hour examination on theory and practical work in the examination period (60%).

Satisfactory completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject (i.e. an 80% attendance at the practical classes together with a result for the assessed practical work of at least 50%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDawn Gleeson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x one hour lectures per week, 1 hour per week of tutorials or workshops, 2 hours of practical work per fortnight and 3 hours per week of e-learning including independent learning tasks, pre and post laboratory activities.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    D Sadava, D M Hillis, H G Heller, M R Berenbaum, Life. 11th Ed. Sinaver/Freeman, 2016

  • Subject notes

    This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    This subject involves the use of animals that form an essential part of the learning objectives for this subject. Please note: There are some non-dissection alternatives for those who have strong philosophical objections and these and other alternatives can be discussed with the subject co-ordinator.

    Required Equipment - Laboratory coat.

    B-BMED students who fail this subject with a mark of 45-49%, who do not fail any other subjects in the same semester may be eligible for a progression supplementary exam for this subject in line with the Assessment Procedure (point 15). Students will be contacted via email by the University Results final release date if they are eligible.

Last updated: 24 July 2019