NATS 2033 Cell Form and Function

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301267

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Description This unit will develop a comprehensive understanding of eukaryotic cellular components, with an emphasis on animal cells. The unit will focus on distinct functions of organelles/cellular structures, the relevant mechanisms involved, and the broader role of such functions in a whole cell context. The unit will encompass a detailed study of cellular components including: the nucleus, ribosomes, the endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, the plasma and organellar membranes, mitochondria, peroxisomes and the cytoskeleton. This unit will also investigate how organellar function is relevant to an appropriately functioning cell, and how cell dysfunction impacts the cell and leads to disease. The unit covers contemporary techniques used to study cells including: cell culture, advanced cell imaging, a range of investigative and analysis techniques, and additional experimental approaches enabling thorough understanding of the incredibly fascinating yet complex nature of cells.

School Science

Discipline Medical Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 1012


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay: Encompasses elements of a literature review and critical thinking 500 words 10 N Individual
Practical: Completion and communication of pre-work, laboratory associated theory and practical work and practical report(s) Multi-component 40 N Individual
Final Exam: Written, combination with multiple choice 2 hours 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods




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