Cells, Tissues and Organs

Subject CEDB20002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: two x 1 hour lecture per week, 3 x 2 hour practicals, 6 x 3 hour computer-aided learning (CAL) modules
Total Time Commitment: 48 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: BSc:
Study Period Commencement:
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Pre-2008 degrees:

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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit:



Assoc Prof Colin Anderson



8344 5807

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Kim Williams


8344 5791

Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the properties of tissues and organs and how these arise from the properties of their constituent cells and their interactions. In particular, the subject will provide an understanding of how cells function in animal (epithelial, connective and neural) and plant tissues. Students will learn how cellular activities are regulated to ensure orderly replacement of cells in the adult (stem cells) and gain an appreciation of how tissues and organs are first assembled during embryonic development. Students will be introduced to the molecular mechanisms involved in developmental and disease processes. An underlying theme will be an understanding of the evolutionary differences (and similarities) in plant and animal development.

In completing this subject, students should:

  • Understand how multicellularity arose during evolution and the advantages it confers.
  • Understand how the properties of tissues and organs arise from the properties of their constituent cells and their interactions.
  • Understand how cellular activities are regulated to ensure an orderly replacement of lost or damaged cells in the adult organism (stem cells).
  • Appreciate how multicellularity arises during development of organisms.
  • Gain an appreciation of the evolutionary differences between plants and animal tissues.

Three continuous assessment tasks (10% each):

1. 40 minute multiple choice test (early Semester)
2. Essay 1,200 words
3. 40 minute, short answer test

in early, mid and late semester; 2 hour final examination (70%) in end of semester exam period

Prescribed Texts: B Alberts, A Johnson, J Lewis, M Raff, K Roberts & P Walter, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th edition, Garland Science.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: In completing this subject, students should have:
  • Developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge from disparate sources.
  • Collaborative learning in practical class groups.
  • Developed skills in observation and interpretation.

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

This subject is available to students enrolled in the New Generation BSc, BBiomed, pre-2008 BSc, pre-2008 BASc, pre-2008 BBiomedSc.

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer. During semester there will be limited access to computer laboratories.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Related Breadth Track(s): Cell && Developmental Biology

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