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.
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. Discuss the elementary biochemistry of the molecules of life and describe the relationship between the structure and function of biomolecules.
2. Compare the structure and function of cells from different domains.
3. Discuss the development of cells and the role of cell specialisation in multicellular organisms.
4. Accurately record raw experimental data and use this to synthesise written reports to present data meaningfully and discuss the significance of results.
Other InformationStudents should note that BIOL1004, together with CHEM1101 and CHEM1201, are prerequisites for many later-year courses offered by the Research School of Biology.
Assessment will be based on:
• Practical Reports and Lab Book (39%; LO4)
• Review Quiz (11%; LO1,2)
• Final Exam (50%; LO 1, 2, 3,4)
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WorkloadThree lectures per week and up to 30 hours of practical classes and tutorial sessions.
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.
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7301||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||25 Oct 2019||In Person||N/A|