Molecules, Cells and Organisms

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Molecules, Cells and Organisms

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Introduces the basic principles and concepts of cell and molecular biology to explore the nature of life's molecular building blocks and systems and how these interact to form functional cells and ultimately organisms. Students will discover some of the principles behind how cells work and explore ideas about how biological complexity and life itself may have originated. This knowledge underpins our ability to combat disease, to harness solar energy to feed the world, to sustainably power human industry and to recycle our waste efficiently using microbial systems.
    The production of new cells is vital to the survival of species and there will be an introduction to basic genetic concepts to explain how organisms can pass on their traits which convey selective advantages for survival in a fiercely competitive world. Cells must also communicate with other cells and be able to detect and respond to external stimuli from its environment.
    Students that have completed this course will be well placed to further their studies in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbial biology, molecular genetics and animal & plant physiology courses at 2000 and 3000 level.
    1. biological terminology and concepts in relation to molecules and cells
    2. the hierarchy of structure within cells
    3. the processes which regulate and integrate cell function.
    4. ideas on the origin and evolution of biological complexity at the cellular level
    5. the mechanisms and characteristics of reproduction and inheritance
    6. the retrieval, collection and interpretation of biological information
    7. critical thinking and the scientific approach
    Introduction to Molecules, Cells and Organisms: This course aims to introduce students to the underlying principles and concepts of biology at the level of the molecule and cell. These fundamental units form the building blocks of complex multicelluar organisms.
    Cell Structure & Energetics:
    Molecular basis of life
    Introduction to cell structure & function
    Relationship of biomolecular structure to cellular function
    Components of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
    Origin of Life
    Molecular genetics & protein synthesis
    Enzyme function
    Cellular metabolism
    Glycolysis, fermentation, respiration
    Cell Division & Regulation:
    Molecular and cell biology of cell division
    Regulation of gene expression
    Inter and intra cellular communication
    Cell differentiation/specialisation
    Sex, Inheritance & Multicellular Organisms:
    Meiosis & sexual reproduction
    Genetics & mechanisms of inheritance
    From cells to multicellular organisms

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.