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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Science and Neuroscience major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Biology specialisation in the Medical Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof. Archa Fox and Dr Yu Suk Choi
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
or Unit(s) ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials or labs: 3 hours per week

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.


  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.