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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wendy Wright


This unit begins with a study of the molecules making up the cell: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. This forms the basis for the consideration of cell structure and function. The principles of cellular organisation, cellular metabolism and genetics are introduced. The laboratory program illustrates fundamental aspects of the theory course.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to sketch a representative animal and/or plant cell; recognise cell organelles and state their function; draw representative structures for each of the major classes of biological macromolecules; appreciate the roles of biological macromolecules in living cells; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between macromolecular structure and function; discuss the cooperative action of the biological macromolecules responsible for cell function such as membrane transport processes and cell division; recognise common features of energy transduction systems in plant and animal cells; acquire basic laboratory skills eg measurement of mass, volume and time, recording and interpretation of experimental data, report writing.


Mid-semester test and final examination: 70%
Practical work 30%
A pass in both the theory and practical components is mandatory

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Wendy Wright

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week, six 3-hour laboratory classes per semester

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students complete laboratory component using home experimental kits


BIO1011, ASC1626, GAS1185, BIO1626