Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Course code BIOL1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Introduces the basic principles and concepts of cell and molecular biology to explore the nature of life's molecular building blocks and systems and how these interact to form functional cells and ultimately organisms. Students will discover some of the principles behind how cells work and explore ideas about how biological complexity and life itself may have originated. This knowledge underpins our ability to combat disease, to harness solar energy to feed the world, to sustainably power human industry and to recycle our waste efficiently using microbial systems.

The production of new cells is vital to the survival of species and there will be an introduction to basic genetic concepts to explain how organisms can pass on their traits which convey selective advantages for survival in a fiercely competitive world. Cells must also communicate with other cells and be able to detect and respond to external stimuli from its environment.

Students that have completed this course will be well placed to further their studies in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbial biology, molecular genetics and animal & plant physiology courses at 2000 and 3000 level.

This course is complemented by BIOL1002 'Organisms to Ecosystems', and together these courses form a complete introduction to the breadth of modern biology. Students planning to graduate with a major in biology are reminded that they must complete BIOL1003 'Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1'.

This course is not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to satisfactorily demonstrate an understanding of:

1 biological terminology and concepts in relation to molecules and cells
2 the hierarchy of structure within cells
3 the processes which regulate and integrate cell function.
4 ideas on the origin and evolution of biological complexity at the cellular level
5 the mechanisms and characteristics of reproduction and inheritance.

and demonstrate fundamental skills in:
6 the retrieval, collection and interpretation of biological information
7 critical thinking and the scientific approach.
ContentIntroduction to Molecules, Cells and Organisms: This course aims to introduce students to the underlying principles and concepts of biology at the level of the molecule and cell. These fundamental units form the building blocks of complex multicelluar organisms.

Cell Structure & Energetics:
- Molecular basis of life
- Introduction to cell structure & function
- Relationship of biomolecular structure to cellular function
- Components of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
- Origin of Life
- Molecular genetics & protein synthesis
- Enzyme function
- Cellular metabolism
- Photosynthesis
- Glycolysis, fermentation, respiration

Cell Division & Regulation:
- Molecular and cell biology of cell division
- Regulation of gene expression
- Inter and intra cellular communication
- Cell differentiation/specialisation

Sex, Inheritance & Multicellular Organisms:
- Meiosis & sexual reproduction
- Genetics & mechanisms of inheritance
- From cells to multicellular organisms
Replacing Course(s)BIOL1010, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, 10cp
BIOL1120, Populations, Genetics and Evolution, 10cp
BIOL1200, Biology for Psychology, 10cp
TransitionStudents who are required to repeat BIOL1010, BIOL1120 or BIOL1200 will instead complete this course. This course is not to be taken with BIOL1010, BIOL1120, BIOL1200, BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHSC Mathematics and Chemistry are advisable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Quiz - On-line(to assess knowledge, understanding of concepts and information skills)
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL1001