• 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 2023
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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 and lab quizzes (8) [LO 3,4]
  3. Lecture quizzes (12) [LO 1,4,6]
  4. Mid-semester exam - hurdle requirement to achieve at least 40% on the combined grade of the two exams (20) [LO 1,4,6]
  5. Final exam - hurdle requirement to achieve at least 40% on the combined grade of the two exams (30) [LO 1,4,6]

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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 directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks. 

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, to meet Learning Outcomes 3 and 4, students learn how to interpret sensory observations to make precise laboratory manipulations. This requires students to be able to:

  • manipulate experimental equipment with a high degree of precision;
  • interpret their own visual observations and tactile sensations; and
  • safely participate in the biology laboratories.

Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Urry et al. Cambell Biology 11th or 12th Edition Australian Version.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
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
6878 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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