BIO1000H - Cell Biology
18 credits at NQF level 5
Admission will be restricted to students who have passed either NSC Physical Science or Life Science with at least 60%. The permission of the Dean or Head of Department is required prior to registration for this course. NOTES: 1) Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty. 2) This course only begins in week 7 and is intended for students who have been advised to transfer to this course after initially registering for BIO1000F (see entry forBIO1000F). 3) The course places an emphasis on the strengthening of foundational concepts and skills, the carefully-paced introduction of new material, and the development of sound approaches to effective learning. 4) BIO1000H is equivalent to BIO1000F in level, credit value towards the degree and as prerequisite for certain other courses.
Basic biological principles and processes at a cellular level provide an essential grounding for future study in the life sciences. The structure and function of cell components is introduced, followed by an introduction to chemistry, including the structure and functions of biological macro-molecules. Cell division and the role of genetics in inheritance and the control of biological systems is then considered. This leads into an introduction to membrane physiology, metabolism and its regulation. Cellular processes that are considered in detail include the functioning of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and how these relate to organismal physiology. Cellular communication and the immune system of animals complete the organismal physiology.