Course Title: Cell biology

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3209 Certificate III in Science

Course Title: Cell biology

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2010,
Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

A curriculum-based course which provides participants with the knowledge and skills to identify cell organelles and structures, state their functions and outline various cellular life-supporting processes.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course will be undertaken in conjunction with Conduct Simple Activities in a Biological Laboratory BIOL 5098

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM087 Cell biology

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline cell theory.

Identify that living things are made of cells

Distinguish beween living and non-living things

Describe the three tenets of Cell Theory


2. State Functions of Typical Eukaryotic Cells

Distinguish between prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Identify typical cell components in eukaryote cells

Identify the main features of cell components of plants and animals

Describe diffusion, osmosis and active passage across cell membranes

  Describe the function of typical cell components

Identify the main features of cell components of plants and animals

Describe the structures and functions of cell membranes

3. Describe cellular processes

Outline the main aspects of cellular processes 

Describe the metabolic pathways of cellular respiration & photosynthesis


4.    Outline the various stages of cellular reproduction - mitosis & meiosis

Outline aspects of the cell cycle and apoptosis

Describe the stages of mitosis and meiosis

Discuss the biological significance of mitosis and meiosis


Overview of Assessment

This is a curriculum-based course which will be scored out of 100%

 Assessment may include assignments, exams, presentations and practical reports