Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedNot offered in 2015
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:

  1. Sketch a representative animal and/or plant cell;

  1. Recognise cell organelles and state their function;

  1. Draw representative structures for each of the major classes of biological macromolecules;

  1. Summarise the roles of biological macromolecules in living cells;

  1. Give examples of the relationship between macromolecular structure and function;

  1. Discuss the cooperative action of the biological macromolecules responsible for cell function such as membrane transport processes and cell division;

  1. Recognise common features of energy transduction systems in plant and animal cells;

  1. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills - eg. measurement of mass, volume and time, recording and interpretation of experimental data, and report writing.


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

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students complete laboratory component using home experimental kits

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BIO1011, BIO1626