• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Biology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Giel van Dooren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course examines the biology of cells, the basic units of life on Earth. The course addresses several central themes in cellular biology, including: the origin and diversity of cells, cellular division and replication, the transport of proteins and other macromolecules within cells, the compartmentalisation of cellular metabolism, the functions of organelles in protists, animals and plants, the cellular basis of differentiation, and signalling between and within cells. Students will be exposed to the latest breakthroughs in the field, and learn key cellular biology techniques in practical components of the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe the evolution, diversity and replication of cells;
  2. Explain the role of compartmentalization and signalling in cellular biology;
  3. Interpret and explain key experiments in the history of cell biology;
  4. Evaluate and apply knowledge of modern techniques in cellular biology.
  5. Interpret, analyse and present experimental data.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Literature review (25%, LO1-4)
  2. Practical reports (25%, LO 3-5)
  3. Final exam (50%, LO 1-5)

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24 lectures (2 per week), four laboratory sessions of up to four hours each; and five workshops of up to three hours each

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed BIOL2161. Incompatible with BIOL6117.



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:
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
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
9588 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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