• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Ben Corry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL2174
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course deals with the basic physiology of cells, with a particular emphasis on human disease and functioning of the nervous system. It covers the following topics: cell renewal and death; cell structure and function; membrane channels and transporters and their roles in nutrient uptake, ion homeostasis and drug resistance; the role of ion channels in the excitability of the nervous system; diseases involving ion channel defects; ion channel blockers as local anaesthetics and as agents for the treatment of neuropathologies; diseases arising from transporter defects; communication between cells - tight junctions and specialised synapses of the nervous system; fast and slow signal transduction; growth factor signalling; insulin secretion; receptor-mediated endocytosis.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students would be expected to be able to

1) demonstrate knowledge about, and understandingof, cellular physiology;

2) apply this knowledge to analysis of experimental data and use of relevant methodology;

3) interpret, synthesise and critically analyse published literature, at a graduate level, in the area of cellular physiology.

Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Postgraduate assessment: Class tutorial test 1 (10%), Class tutorial test 2 & 3 (16%), Talk (16%), Final Exam (42%)

Undergraduate assessment: Three in class tutorial tests (each 15%), seminar presentation (15%) and final exam (40%).


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Workload

Three lectures per week and one two-hour tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL2174

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7829 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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