Cell Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cell Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANAT 241 or ANAT 231

  • 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

    Selected topics from current issues in cell and molecular biology. Practical experience in molecular biology, cell culture and microscopy.

    This paper provides an opportunity to conduct an in-depth examination of selected topics in current cell biology. The specific topics will vary from year to year but will reflect current research interests in the Department. While dealing with advanced aspects of cell biology the material will be taught from an Anatomy perspective, which will not presuppose an extensive biochemical or molecular biological knowledge. An important feature of this paper is providing hands-on experience in a number of cell biology techniques and the opportunity to think more deeply about research issues.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on-campus.

    Course Structure
    Module 1 Division, Death and Derangement
    Module 2: Cell Signalling
    Module 3: Regulation of Gene Expression

    Learning Outcomes
    To obtain an advanced understanding of selected aspects of cell biology and to appreciate the influence of current research on these topics. Students will be given the opportunity to develop hands-on laboratory skills and to collate, examine and interpret their own experimental findings. A key aspect of this paper is not only acquiring knowledge but also understanding how experimentation has led to this knowledge.

    Students are recommended to have the following textbook:'Molecular Biology of the Cell' by Alberts et al. (pub. Garland Science) 5th Ed. 2007.

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