- Code BIOL2174
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medical Science
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.
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:
- Describe the structure and function of membranes and explain how cells target the transport of proteins and other molecules within the cell;
- Explain the cellular and molecular basis of the excitability of the nervous system;
- 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;
- Understand the molecular basis of a range of diseases in which membrane transport proteins play a role;
- Work collaboratively with peers to research and communicate scientific journal articles.
Other InformationHonours pathway option (HPO): HPO options available and may vary from year to year. Students should contact the course convener directly for HPO option.
Assessment will be based on:
- Five online quizzes (each 4%)
- Three in-class tests (each 10%)
- Seminar presentation (10%)
- Final exam (40%).
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WorkloadThree lectures per week, 5 two hour tutorials and 4 two hour workshops.
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