Cells, Tissues and Regulation

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cells, Tissues and Regulation

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course describes the functions of cells and the tissues they form, and how the trillions of cells within the body communicate with one another. In addition, how cells and tissues are regulated to control variables such as body temperature, blood glucose levels and blood pressure in maintaining the body's internal balance (homeostasis). More specifically, the following topics are covered: (1) cellular structure and function, as well as the features of different tissues types formed by the different cell types; (2) cell-to-cell communication within the nervous and endocrine systems; (3) homeostatic mechanisms that maintain internal balance within the body by controlling variables such as temperature, blood glucose levels and blood pressure. The roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in homeostatic control will also be discussed; (4) microbiology will cover how microbes can produce sicknesses and disrupt body homeostasis. The material covered in this course will provide background knowledge that will assist in the understanding of topics covered in the Anatomy and Physiology courses in both terms. Co-Requisite: 1001MSC Essentials of Chemistry and Physics
    Course Introduction
    CTR introduces students to the function of cell and tissues, how cells communicate with one another, and how cellular and tissue functions are regulated by homeostatic mechanisms.
    Course Aims
    The primary aims are:
    • to discuss in general the cellular basis of life
    • to describe how the human body is constructed, beginning with cells types and how these form tissues
    • to provide an overview on how tissues provide the functional framework for the rest of the body and to cover, in some detail, the control systems which allow cells and tissues to communicate and function within the body.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Broadly understand the cellular basis of life, have students appreciate the wonders of human body construction and function, linking an overview of body organization with the different cells types that constitute the tissues of the body. Subsequent to this students will learn details of how endocrine and neural mechanisms allow communication between cells and tissues, controlling their function. This control operates under homeostatic principles; divergent examples of homeostatic control will be discussed in some detail.
    2 List specific contents in the lecture timetable, but includes the following: introduction to cells; variation in cell type and function; tissues: connective, epithelial, neural and muscular; cell membranes: diffusion, transport, osmosis and tonicity; cell membranes: resting membrane potentials and action potentials; neural activity and synapses; endocrine activity and receptors; introduction to renal control over blood pressure, salt and water balance; homeostasis: overview and specific examples; introduction to microbiology and immunology.
    3 Discuss how disruption to homeostatic mechanisms can induce patho-physiological states, such as heat stroke and diabetes. While disease and dysfunction are not the major focus of the course it does mean that the topic of 'health' receives some attention.
    4 As part of the common first semester laboratory program, students will learn to become competent in basic light microscopy and cell & tissue identification, and understand how osmolarity and tonicity can be investigated experimentally. In both the lecture series and the laboratories, students will face questions that must be answered, and problems that need solving (including some simple calculations). Application/transformation of basic physiological equations will not occur to any extent in the first semester.

    Assessment Task


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Research Project


    Workplace based assessment
    Health & Safety Induction Module


    Exam - constructed response
    Mid Semester Exam


    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report
    Competency Based Lab Exam


    Exam - constructed response
    End Sem Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.