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Unit Overview


This is an introductory unit that explores prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function at the physiological and molecular levels. A strong emphasis is placed on applications in biomedicine and biotechnology. The unit builds on concepts introduced in BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) and ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human. The first part of the unit covers DNA, RNA and protein structure, DNA replication, gene expression and its regulation, and recombinant DNA technology. The second part of the unit deals with the cell cycle and cell differentiation, cell structure and compartmentation, the structure of biological membranes and strategies used to move molecules across these membranes, and intercellular communication. Applications of cell and molecular biology in microbiology, disease diagnosis and therapy, and genetic engineering are discussed in the final part of the unit. Practical classes illustrate fundamental techniques in cell and molecular biology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Genetics; Human Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology); Molecular Life Sciences; Biochemistry of Nutrition; Human Sciences and Data Analytics; Biodiversity and Evolution; Plant Biology; Human Science and Neuroscience major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Physiology major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) define structural and functional characteristics of living cells and macromolecules; (2) explain and compare basic genetic mechanisms of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA replication and transcription; translation of proteins, mutation and repair; (3) explain and relate methods used in recombinant DNA

technology and biotechnology; (4) explain how cells communicate, move

and divide; and (5) generate, record and interpret data to demonstrate competence in using standard laboratory techniques and apparatus.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end of semester examination; (2) pre-practical online quizzes, a lab safety quiz and practical worksheets and reports.; and (3) online quizzes. 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)
Dr Thomas Martin
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Human Biology or equivalent
or ATAR Subject(s) Biology or equivalent
or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or IMED1001 Form and Function
and Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or CHEX1003 Introductory Chemistry
Unit(s) SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
Advisable prior study
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology.
or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week, practical sessions: 3 x 3 hours per semester
SCIE1106 has a compulsory face to face laboratory component, which will need to be completed (at a later date) before a final grade can be awarded for the unit, if the unit is completed in an online mode.
  • 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.