SLE111 - Cells and Genes


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 1: 3 x 1 hour classes per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Trimester 3 (Intensive):Online independent and collaborative learning including 3 x 2 hour online seminars per week (weeks 1-6). Students must attend and participate in practical activities at the Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus on the scheduled days using an intensive schedule over a maximum of 2 weeks (typically week 5 and 6).


In this unit, students will be able to study the characteristics of life that are fundamental for every field in biology. Upon successful completion of Cells and Genes, students will be able to explore, examine and describe the characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their molecules, including cell reproduction and communication, membrane organization and metabolism, and apply this knowledge to solve problems and perform and report on the results of experiments. This understanding of molecular cell biology forms the basis for interpreting patterns of inheritance, mechanisms and control of gene expression and the principles of DNA technologies - all of which form the second part of the unit.

Hurdle requirement

To obtain a pass in the unit, students must submit and pass at least 4 of the 5 practical class assessments.

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