NATS 2033 Cell Form and Function

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301267

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Description This subject will develop a comprehensive understanding of eukaryotic cellular components, with an emphasis on animal cells. The subject 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 subject 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 subject 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 subject 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


Successful completion of 60 credit points


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay Part A: 500 words; Part B 600-1000 words 25 N Individual
Practical Exam 2 hours 25 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 30 N Individual
Portfolio Multi-component 20 N Group/Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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