• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Biology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Giel van Dooren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

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 key experiments in the history of cell biology;
  4. Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of modern techniques in cellular biology.
  5. Critically interpret, analyse and present experimental data.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Literature review (20%, LO1-4)
  2. Journal club reports (15%, LO 1-4)
  3. Practical reports (20%, LO 3-5)
  4. Final exam (45%, 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

This course is incompatible with BIOL2117

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


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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9509 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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