BIOL351-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Cell Biology 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Advanced study of cellular organisation and interactions with emphasis on the relationships between molecular structure and organelle and cell function.

This course aims to provide an understanding of the relationships between molecular structure and organelle and cell function. Since cellular activity underlies the functioning of all biological organisms, the course will be of interest not only to students with leanings towards physiology, biochemistry, genetics or medicine, but to all biologists. The emphasis is on structure and function rather than biochemistry per se although the basic biochemistry covered in BIOL111 and cell biology in BIOL253/BCHM253 are assumed.

This course naturally complements the biochemistry taught in BCHM222, 253, 305 and 306, the molecular biology and genetics taught in BIOL213, 231 and 331, and the physiology taught in BIOL250, 251, 254, 352, 354 and 355. For those students planning to go on to Honours or Masters level, BIOL351 will be a desirable (and in some cases essential) background for advanced courses in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and physiology.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course, I will:

  • Gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the internal workings of the cell (assessment tasks: in-term test and final exam).
  • Achieve familiarity with some modern laboratory methods used in cell biology, and an understanding of the diversity of experimental approaches that can be taken to investigate cells (assessment tasks: laboratory reports and immunocytochemistry assignment).
  • Comprehend the unity of eukaryotic life - understand that the cell biology of organisms as diverse as plants, fungi and lower animals will help investigations of human biology and disease (assessment task: laboratory reports and final exam).
  • Understand that to build multicellular organisms requires interactions between cells, and the differentiation and specialisation of cells (assessment tasks: in-term test and final exam).
  • Apply existing knowledge of statistics to analyse and interpret experimental data (assessment task: laboratory reports).
  • Synthesise scientific literature to provide necessary background and context for understanding and interpreting experimental data (assessment task: laboratory reports).

    Transferable Skills Register
    As a student in this course, I will develop the skills required to:
  • Synthesise information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, generate your own understanding and develop your own viewpoint. In lectures we will discuss recent research papers and this will develop your abilities to identify the essential elements of research outputs - you will use these skills in report writing.
  • Collect experimental data. Important for research and in governmental and non-governmental organizations. We will conduct research activities in the lab to provide both the real-worldcontext for lectures and to develop hands-on skills in data collection.
  • Analyse data. Important for research, as well as in a number of private-sector organizations. This skill will be further developed when we assist you to analyse the data we generate in the lab.
  • Write a report on findings. Clear written communication is essential for most professional careers.
  • We will provide you with written guidelines on the elements of successful reports, including how best to present data, and we will help you recognise these elements by supplying examples.


Timetable Note

It is compulsory to wear a lab coat and safetly glasses in the laboratory.

To purchase approved safety glasses and lab coats go to
The collection point for purchases is inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, Monday to Friday between the hours 8.30 – 10.00 am and 1.30 – 3.00 pm for the first two weeks of the semester.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ashley Garrill


Renwick Dobson and Christoph Goebl

Guest Lecturer

Dr Jacqui Keenan (Christchurch School of Medicine)

Lab Coordinators

Linda Morris and Reijel Gardiner


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Lab assignments 30%
Final exam 55% on lectures 6-24
Test 15% on lectures 1-6

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Alberts, Bruce et al; Molecular biology of the cell ; Sixth edition; Garland Science, Taylor and Francis Group, 2015.

This is an excellent textbook on cell biology – it is clearly written, comprehensive and authoritative. It also has very good figures which will be used extensively to illustrate the PowerPoint lectures in the course. It covers all aspects of the course, and includes many topics that there will not be time to mention at all. It is also used in the third year course in cell biology, BIOL351. It is available in soft-back from the University Bookshop at about $170.
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own copy, new or second-hand, but some copies of the text are available on 3 hour Restricted Loan. Copies of the 5th edition might also be available second-hand.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

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