Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Biology, Life Sciences
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
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.
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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