• Learning outcomes:

    At the end of this course unit, the student should be able to explain (i) how eukaryotic cells have evolved (ii) the functional relationships among different cellular compartments, the cyclic nature of different cellular processes, and demonstrate skills in isolation and identification of cell organelles together with identification of cell types and plant tissues.

    Course content:

    The cell as a basic unit of biology. The cell theory. The emergence of modern cell biology. Major investigative methods of cell and molecular biology. Cell structure and function: properties and strategies of cells, major structural features, i.e., plasma membrane, nucleus, membrane-bounded organelles, transport through the membranes of the nucleus, the chloroplast and the mitochondria, cytoplasm with its cytoskeleton, the extracellular matrix and the cell wall. The endosymbiont theory. Viruses, viroids and prions. Cellular movement: the motile appendages of eukaryotic cell. Cell division and the cell cycle. Cell types and tissues. Bioenergetics. Microscopy: Laboratory exercises and interactive CD-ROMs to study structure and function of eukaryotic cells, cell types and tissue distribution in plants, cell fractionation and diversity of photosynthetic pigments.

    Method of teaching and learning: Lectures, lecture guides, computer-assisted learning, laboratory exercises and tutorials

    Assessment: Laboratory reports and end of course examination

    Recommended reading:

    1.  Becker, W.M., Kleinsmith, L.J. and Hardin, J. 2009. The World of the Cell. 7th Edition. The Benjamin Cummings. New York

    2. Inside the Cell. 2005. Teaching CD-ROM, Insight Media.

    3. Perry, J. W. and Morton, D. 1996. Photo Atlas for Biology. Wadsworth.

    4. Raven, P. H., Evert, R. F. and Eichhorn, S. F. 2013. Biology of Plants. 8th Edition. Worth Publishers.

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