Cells to Organisms

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cells to Organisms

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Background:
    Although there are no compulsory prerequisite courses for Cells to Organisms, it will be assumed that students have some basic knowledge in general biology and chemistry.
    Preparatory material will be available approximately 1 week before each module to help you to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the biology in the coming module.
    Students who have a weak background in Chemistry should familiarise themselves with Unit One "The Chemistry of Life" in the Campbell Biology textbook for the course. In addition, workshops will be conducted in Weeks 1 & 2 of the semester to help those students with a weak background in Chemistry to prepare for the rest of the course. It is very highly recommended that you attend those sessions if you do not achieve at least 80% in the Chemistry Quiz that will be available in Blackboard one week before the beginning of semester.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course covers the fundamental concepts that allow complex organisms to function, with some focus on the human body & other higher organisms. Key concepts include basic cellular transport & signalling mechanisms, neuronal structure & function, motor mechanisms & locomotion, circulation & gas exchange, & the endocrine system. Of key importance is the integration of different concepts as they apply to the structure and function of different regions of the entire organism.

    Course Introduction
    BIOL1040 ('Cells to Organisms') is an integrated biology course offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences with additional input from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. It presents a comprehensive overview of how structure and function are integrated at all levels from the cell to the organism with a focus on the human. It involves three (3) lectures in most weeks (which includes 10 compulsory workshops in the UQ Centre from Week 3), five (5) compulsory 3 hour practical laboratory sessions during the semester, and optional but highly recommended 1 hour PASS peer study sessions each week from Week 3. There will be Lectopia recordings for those lectures that are in standard lecture theatres provided that the technology functions (as it usually does), but we strongly recommend that you attend ALL lectures and that you use the Lectopia recordings only to help in your review of the material from the lectures that you have attended. Note that the compulsory workshops in the UQ Centre will NOT have any associated Lectopia recordings, so you must attend these sessions - and you must attend the L1 or L2 session according to your sign-on for the lecture stream.

    BIOL1040 is a 2 unit course, so, in addition to formal class contact, students are expected to study in groups and individually for this course, in order that they spend a total of approximately 10-12 hours each week engaged in activities related to BIOL1040. You must plan your timetable to enable you to attend all of your lectures and other classes in this course, as you will find the material very challenging if you are not present for all of the classes.

    Students should note that this course utilises animal and human specimens during the practical classes. Potential students who, for medical, personal, religious or other reasons, are unable to fully participate in these practical classes should discuss their situation with one of the Course Coordinators prior to enrolment.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Explain and discuss specific examples of biological research in different communication modes and forums
    • Demonstrate core competency in basic biological laboratory techniques
    • Demonstrate sound scientific reasoning in the context of practical sessions
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the processes that scientists use to discover and verify new knowledge
    • Demonstrate Quantitative Skills (QS) and their application in biology
    • Work effectively in teams to achieve sound academic outcomes
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the control, integration and coordination mechanisms that are required to maintain a functional organism
    • Demonstrate an appreciation that diversity is reflected through biological adaptation among species
    • Describe the structure and function of major organ systems
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how pathways of intercellular and extracellular communication are integral to homeostasis
    • Demonstrate how support and movement are related
    • Describe the physical and electrochemical properties of cell membranes in terms of excitable and non-excitable cells
    • Relate the internal transport and delivery of gases, nutrients and messengers to the organ systems of relevant systems
    • Explain homeostatic mechanisms in plants and their differences compared with corresponding systems in animals
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of biological systems
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Contact hour, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours


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