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BMED11-203: Cell Biology


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

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.

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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start17/01/2022
Cancellation 1?31/01/2022
Cancellation 2?07/02/2022
Last enrolment30/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/02/2022
Withdraw – Academic?05/03/2022
Teaching census?11/02/2022
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022