Cell and Molecular Biology

    Unit code: RBM2133 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    RBM2560 - Medical Biochemistry; and
    RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2; or
    RBF1310 - Biology 1
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit focuses on the investigation of the human body at the molecular and cellular levels. It builds on notions and concepts previously explored in foundation physiology units. The unit considers the components of cells, how they are regulated, where they are located and how they interact to produce an entity that can live and reproduce with a particular focus on biomedicine. The unit will cover topics such as the molecular structure, organisation and functioning of the eukaryotic cell and make explicit links to the molecular basis of health and disease – particularly as it emerges in contemporary medical research.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse the components of a cell, their organization and their significance to the normal functioning of eukaryotic cells;
    2. Review and analyse current scientific literature relating to cell and molecular biology;
    3. Explain potential molecular alterations that occur within the cell that contribute to human disease;
    4. Review experimental approaches, both current and historical, of examining cell and molecular biology in both normal and diseased cells.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    2 Tests (30 min each)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Assignment (1300 words)
    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 40%
    Timed research poster (2 hours 40min)

    Required reading

    Molecular biology of the cell
    Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raff, M., Roberts, K., & Walter, P. (2015). | New York: Garland Science

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