Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences


Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL320
Subject Name Molecular Cell Biology
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL214 & BIOL215
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Mid-session quiz 10%; Student Lab Book 1 7.5%; Scientific Report 15%; Student Lab Book 2 7.5%; Practical Exam 20%; Final Theory Exam 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.167
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
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858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Tutorials are in the form of pre-labs given at the start of practicals. You will be advised regarding your allocation to prac classes during the first lectures (in week 1).

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lectures, 4 hrs Tutorials/Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Heath Ecroyd
Marie Ranson
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Mark Wilson
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
This subject covers many specific aspects of cell biology, including cell and tissue structure, protein sorting mechanisms, secretion, membrane transport, energetics, signal transduction, apoptosis, cellular and molecular genetics of development, the cell cycle and cancer. In addition, focused lab-based practicals are offered which will provide an understanding of the techniques used for studying cell biology. These include: cell and organelle isolation and analysis, growth of various cell types in aseptic culture, observation and manipulation of cellular functions and cell surface labelling and protein blotting.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental importance of cellular structure and function to all life forms;
2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of many specific aspects of cell biology, including cell and tissue structure, protein sorting mechanisms, secretion, membrane transport, energetics, signal transduction, apoptosis, the cytoskeleton, the cell cycle and cancer;
3. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of cell biological techniques required for:
(i) cell isolation and analysis,
(ii) growth of various cell types in aseptic culture,
(iii) observation and manipulation of cellular functions, and
(iv) the purification of cellular organelles.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
Cell and Molecular Biology Concepts and Experiments. 7th ed. Karp, G. Wiley
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:



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