|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOL10004||Biology of Cells and Organisms||
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
- 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 coordinator Dawn Gleeson Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 3 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 commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 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.
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.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Bachelor of Biomedicine