Course Title: Cell biology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BIOL5099

Course Title: Cell biology

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact : Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4221

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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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

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


Details of Learning Activities

Laboratory Practicals

Class Work  Written Tasks

Media Presentations

Cell Powerpoint assignment

Teaching Schedule

Week commencingTopicAssigned workDate Due
11  FebCell Theory, aspects of Living things Five KingdomsWorksheet 1 & 2 

Prokaryotes & Eukaryotes

Plant & Animal Cells

Microscope pracWorksheet 1 &2, 10%
25Diffusion, Active Transport, Osmosis

Osmosis & Diffusion


Microscope prac report due, 10 %
4 MarPreparation of Tissue samplesCell Powerpoint assignment  Diffusion & Osmosis prac report due, 10 %
11No Class on Mon 11 Labour Day Photosynthesis   on Wed  13 
18RespirationWorksheet 3 
25Cell Division Worksheet 3 due, 5 %
1 AprNo Class this week  due to Easter Break Power point assignment due, 20 %
8 AprRevision 

Exam 10.30 -12.30

Wed 10th April, 45 %


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Elvins et al. Biology One Heinemann

Kinnear et al. The Nature of Biology - Book One

Other Resources

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

Assessment Tasks

3 In class assignments 15%

One cell research assignment powerpoint presentation  20 %

Two practicals 20 %

End of unit Exam 45 %


To pass the course a minimum 50% overall score must be obtained, which includes a minimum 50 % in the exam

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assigned Nominal Hours for this Course:  30 hours


Face to Face instruction = 30 hours

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