• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Molecular Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andras Keszei
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course provides an introduction to the molecular and cellular aspects of modern biology. It introduces the molecules that play a key role in biology, including DNA, proteins, and carbohydrates, then goes on to describe their functions in the cell. Cell function studies will be supported by studies on cell structure. Cell specialisation will be introduced in terms of multicellular organisms and interacting cell networks. Topics to be covered include: the molecules of life; membranes and the uptake of nutrients; proteins, enzymes and metabolism; cellular structure and function; cell specialisation; the role of molecules and cells in the control of cell division and biotechnology applications. Examples will be drawn from both plants and animals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the biochemical processes that provide the foundation for all life; the structure and function of cells from different domains and the development of cells and the role of cell specialisation in multicellular organisms; the role of molecular regulation in cellular level responses and in cell fate determination; and the way biochemical, cellular and molecular level processes can explain the development and treatment options for cancer.
  2. Demonstrate academic integrity by acknowledging collaborators, referencing scientific papers and using paraphrasing and summarising to report the research of others.
  3. Use compound microscopes and safely handle biological samples using aseptic technique.
  4. Accurately record raw experimental data and apply knowledge of experimental limitations to interpret unreliable data.
  5. Present experimental data meaningfully in written reports and discuss the significance of results.
  6. Broadly understand how biological knowledge is developed, and apply this framework to critically engage with new biological scenarios.

Other Information

Students should note that BIOL1004, together with CHEM1101 and CHEM1201, are prerequisites for many later-year courses offered by the Research School of Biology.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practical Reports (30) [LO 2,4,5]
  2. Lab Book (9) [LO 3,4]
  3. Quizzes (11) [LO 1,4,6]
  4. Final Exam (50) [LO 1,4,6]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face components which will consist of approximately 35 x 1 hour lectures per semester (35 hours total) and approximately 30 hours of tutorials/workshops/labs throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks. 

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined.

Prescribed Texts

Campbell, Reece and Meyers Biology 11th Edition Australian Version. PLEASE NOTE: the text
available at the ANU Co-Op Bookshop contains an access code for Mastering Biology software
that will give you access to supplementary support.

Minors

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
8663 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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