• 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
    • AsPr Ben Corry
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

Other Information

Honours pathway option (HPO):  HPO options available and may vary from year to year.  Students should contact the course convener directly for HPO option.

Indicative Assessment

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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Three lectures per week, 5 two hour tutorials and 4 two hour workshops.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1004 and CHEM1201. Alternatively you can have completed PSYC1003, PSYC1004 and PSYC2007. Incompatible with BIOL6174.




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

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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
2019 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6060
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
7304 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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