• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Corry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course deals with the basic physiology of cells, with a particular emphasis on human disease. It will cover the following topics: cell and membrane structure and function; membrane channels and transporters and their roles in nutrient uptake, ion homeostasis, cell signalling and drug resistance; the electrical properties of membranes; the cellular and molecular basis of the excitability of the nervous system; excitation-contraction coupling in muscle; signal transduction; the molecular structure and function of membrane transport proteins; the molecular basis of the action of a number of drugs; diseases involving transporter and channel defects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Learning Outcomes: On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the structure and function of membranes and explain how cells target the transport of proteins and other molecules within the cell;
  2. Explain the cellular and molecular basis of the excitability of the nervous system;
  3. Define the differences between channels and transporters and discuss in detail the role of these proteins in the uptake of nutrients and neurotransmitters, and in ion homeostasis and signalling;
  4. Understand the molecular basis of a range of diseases in which membrane transport proteins play a role;
  5. Work collaboratively with peers to research and communicate scientific journal articles.

Indicative Assessment

Three tutorial tests (each 15%)

Seminar presentation (15%)

Final exam (40%).

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1004 and either CHEM1201 or CHEM1015 and CHEM1017. Alternatively you can have completed PSYC1003, PSYC1004 and PSYC2007. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed BIOL2002, BIOL2015 or BIOL2074.



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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7030 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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