ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit offers an advanced course in investigating the organisation of human cells and tissues. The lectures, seminars/tutorials and laboratory classes cover the sophisticated cellular interactions and molecular events that lead to the following: (1) tissue formation during embryogenesis; (2) growth; (3) homeostasis of normal adult tissues; (4) repair in response to damage; (5) disease; (6) ageing; and (7) tissue engineering. The theory, practice and applications of methods of tissue preparation, cell culture, immunocytochemistry, confocal and electron microscopy, in situ hybridisation and image analysis are emphasised.
Students are able to (1) establish a knowledge and understanding of the main aspects of cell structure and behaviour, and its place within our scientific understanding; (2) establish necessary skills for the investigative process relevant to the field and carry out simple investigations; (3) learn generic skills including scientific writing, ethics and creativity are specifically addressed along with career opportunities; (4) apply the principles of the scientific method to cell and tissue biology; (5) present work orally in a clear and interesting manner to an educated audience and deal with questions; (6) organise, coordinate and work in a group; (7) gain a sense of excitement at the behaviour of cells and how they become organised to form a range of highly specialised tissues; and (8) develop a desire to pursue further studies in cell biology from their active engagement with the material and activities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group presentation; (2) essay (written assessment, book chapter); and (3) end-of-semester test (short answer questions and multiple-choice question test). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stuart Hodgetts, Dr Archa Fox and Dr Yu Suk Choi
Unit rules
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
ANHB3313 Cell and Tissue Organisation
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials or labs: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Latest editions of:

Alberts, B. et al. eds Essential Cell Biology: Garland Publishing

Alberts, B. et al. eds Molecular Biology of the Cell: Garland Publishing

Gilbert, S. F. Developmental Biology: Sinauer Associates

Kierszenbaum, A. L. Histology and Cell Biology: Mosby/Elsevier

Lodish, H. et al. Molecular Cell Biology: MacMillan Learning

Misteli, T. and Spector, D. L. The Nucleus: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Mohammad R. K. Mofrad. Cellular Mechanotransduction: CUP

Ross, M. H. and Romrell, L. J. Histology: a Text and Atlas: Williams & Wilkins

Other reference reading is available within the School and housed in closed reserve in the Science Library.


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