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BMED11-203: Cell Biology January 2021 [Standard - .]

General information

This subject will introduce students to the role of cell communication, cell division, the extracellular matrix and the arrangement of cells in organ systems and cellular differentiation.  Students will learn about the structure and function of the cell, the difference between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the role of cellular organelles, compartmentation and membranes in cellular function. In addition, they will be introduced to the role of major macromolecules within cells, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.  The subject will provide the necessary foundational knowledge for further subjects in the area of cellular and molecular biology and physiology.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:BMED11-203
Subject title:Cell Biology
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Science Lab: x6 (Total hours: 18) - Science Lab
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 54) - Recommended Study Hours
  • Group Learning: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Group Learning
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all classes is required (lectures, lab classes and tutorials). Sessions build on the work in the previous sessions and so it is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance of lab classes and tutorials is compulsory, and will be monitored. Failure to attend could impact on the final mark for the subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Jeff Hardin,Gregory Paul Bertoni,Lewis J. Kleinsmith (2018). Becker's World of the Cell. 9th, Pearson Education Limited
  • Alberts (2020). Essential Cell Biology. 5th, Garland
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the structure and explain the function of cell organelles and membrane function of both prokaryote and eukaryote cells.
  2. Describe the different types of cellular communication and explain their importance in terms of cellular metabolism.
  3. Provide a comprehensive overview of the role of cellular metabolism and cellular organelles involved.
  4. Explain the different roles and functions of cellular organelles and macromolecules.
  5. Explain and describe cellular communication and the cellular development process.
  6. Demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and orally.
  7. Search current scientific literature and present information concisely and accurately to peers.
  8. Demonstrate laboratory and analytical skills in the area of cell biology and competently be able to work in a group, and share information in tutorials.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Laboratory Report Lab Report 20% Ongoing 6, 7, 8.
Class Participation Tutorial Participation 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Online Quiz ilearn test 30% Week 8 1, 4, 5.
Online Quiz Lab Skills assessment 5% Week 11 8.
Online Quiz ilearn test - final 30% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Pass requirement

50% Overall

  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells, cell structures and organelles

Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids in cells

Amino acids, levels of protein structure, protein functions

Transcription & translation

Microfilaments, microtubules and intermediate filaments and their roles in cells

Composition and functions of cell membranes, including membrane transport mechanisms

Protein importation into cell organelles, endo- and exocytosis

Cellular respiration, glycolysis, Krebs cycle and electron transport chain

Communication and cellular signalling

Structure of chromosome and phases of mitosis

Meiosis, gametogenesis and fertilisation

Cell cycle control, mutations, apoptosis

Approved on: Jan 28, 2021. Edition: 3.5