SLE357 - Advanced Cell Biology


2023 unit information

Offering information:

New unit from Trimester 2, 2024 (subject to approval)

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SLE111, SLE212, SLE254

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


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

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour online live class per week, 6 x 3 hour practicals per trimester


This unit will focus on biological processes occurring between cells and their environment. Emphasis will be placed on animal cells, but key concepts of plant cells will also be discussed. Topics will include cellular architecture, function and evolution, bio membranes and transport processes, the cytoskeleton, cell signalling and signal transduction, the control of the cell cycle as well as communication between cells and cellular communities. Students will learn modern techniques in cell culture, tissue engineering and microscopy that inform an advanced understanding of dynamic cell function, which is directly relevant to real-world applications in research and development. Students will discuss controversial topics in cell biology and their impact on society and demonstrate skills in communication and teamwork.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the practical component (post-practical analysis and laboratory skills challenge), in addition to the normal requirement of at least 50% overall for the unit.

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