Cell Biology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cell Biology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • 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

    Structure and function of pro- and eukaryotic cells, an introduction to biological chemistry, cell ultrastructure and metabolism, cell division and development. An extensive introduction to cell biology. Cellular structure and function are examined, using examples from bacteria, plants and animals. A knowledge of introductory chemistry is an advantage but not essential.

    Course content
    To get a grounding in the concepts of cell biology and properties of cells. The methods used to investigate them will also be covered. The basics of Biology will be introduced (Cell Structure, Metabolism, Genetics, Molecular Biology). We will use current examples whenever possible to illuminate key concepts. Theory presented in lectures will be supplemented by practical experience in the laboratory. Your understanding of the subject will be tested during the course by theory examinations, and by a finals examination at the end.
    BIOL111 is a required course in all BMedSc specializations and the BSc majors in Biology, Biotechnology, Cell & Molecular Bioscience, Ecology & Biodiversity and Marine Biology. It relates to the graduate attributes of these specializations and majors through provision of relevant curriculum in cell biology and introduction of skills in experimental biology, analysis and presentation of data. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate concepts, work and learn independently.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Elaborate on the underlying biochemistry in cellular processes
    • Describe the processes that occur in cells for them to function and to produce more cells
    • Summarize how DNA is organized in cells, replicated in cells, and transmitted into new cells.
    • Compare how DNA in involved in producing proteins (replication, translation, regulation) between prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

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