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SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell

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; 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
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.
Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about the structural and functional characteristics of living cells and macromolecules; the basic genetic mechanisms of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA replication and transcription; translation of proteins, mutation and repair; recombinant DNA technology and biotechnology; and how cells communicate, move and divide

; (2) acquire, practice and demonstrate skills in modern cell and molecular biology

; and (3) clearly communicate in writing the results of laboratory work using the correct scientific style.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-of-semester examination and (2) continuous assessment. 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 Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology or Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function and Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent or Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Advisable prior study:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology; or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
Unit(s) SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 12 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.
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  • 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.