Molecules, Cells and Organisms
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.
- Semester 1 - 2016
- Summer 1 - 2016/2017
- Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Explain biological terminology and concepts in relation to molecules and cells
2. Define the hierarchy of structure within cells
3. Understand the processes which regulate and integrate cell function.
4. Understand the origin and evolution of biological complexity at the cellular level
5. Understand the mechanisms and characteristics of reproduction and inheritance
6. retrieve, collect and interpret biological information
7. Apply critical thinking and the scientific approach
Introduction 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
- 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
This course has similarities to BIOL1040 and BIOL1050. If you have successfully completed either of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.
HSC Mathematics and Chemistry are advisable
Formal Examination: Exam
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
These contact hours are for delivery of the course in a semester term. When the course is offered for a summer term the contact hours will be 48 hours of lectures for the full term.