Cell Biology (BIOL2016)


This unit of study focuses on contemporary principles in cell biology and development in plants and animals, with emphasis on cellular functions and a focus on the molecular perspective, fundamental to understanding biological organisms. Topics include cancer and control of cell division and migration, pre-programmed cell death, molecular signalling and transport systems, cellular endocrinology and embryonic development. The practical component provides students with hands-on training in key research techniques using modern equipment. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 4-hour practical per week.


One 3-hour theory exam, 1 project assignment, 1 practical report (100%).


Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P. 2007. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th Edition. Garland Science.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12cp of Junior BIOL, or 6cp of (Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901)), or (6cp of Junior Biology and 6cp of Junior Chemistry)




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