Molecular and Cellular Biology (2021)

Molecular and Cellular Biology focuses on the broad subject areas of molecular biology and cellular biology.

Molecular and Cellular Biology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)). Molecular and Cellular Biology may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Molecular and Cellular Biology as a single major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Molecular and Cellular Biology, including BIOEB101, BIOMO101, BIOMO201, BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, and at least 45 points from BIOMO301, BIOMO302, BIOMO303, BIOMO304, BIOMO305 or BIOMO306.

To complete Molecular and Cellular Biology as part of a double major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Molecular and Cellular Biology including BIOEB101, BIOMO101, BIOMO201, BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, and at least 30 points from BIOMO301, BIOMO302, BIOMO303, BIOMO304, BIOMO305 or BIOMO306.

To complete a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology, students must complete BIOMO101 and 45 points above 100 level from BIOMO202, BIOMO203, BIOMO204, BIOMO302, BIOMO303, BIOMO304, BIOMO304, BIOMO305 or BIOMO306, including at least 15 points at 200 level and 15 points at 300 level.

Prospective MSc candidates should discuss their 300 level papers with the Postgraduate Convenor in order to ensure that a suitable number and combination of papers are taken.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Molec&CellBio) and GradDip(Molec&CellBio)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Molecular and Cellular Biology at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Molec&CellBio), PGDip(Molec&CellBio), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Res) and MSc(Tech)

    Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Postgraduate Convenor. To complete a BSc(Hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Molecular and Cellular Biology, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally BIOL591).

    Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers.

    Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology15.021A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology15.021B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO201Biochemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
    BIOMO202Genetics15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper deals with genetics in the widest sense from the molecular and cellular to the applied and evolutionary. Both prokaryote and eukaryote genetics are discussed with respect to DNA replication, hereditary, gene expression and control, and the role of mutations at both the DNA and chromosomal levels. The paper provides a pat...
    BIOMO203Microbiology15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...
    BIOMO204Cell and Organ Physiology in Health and Disease15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper integrates basic cell physiology with organ-based physiology and histology, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure-function relationships in physiological processes. Intercellular communication, tissue/organ structure and systems physiology will be discussed in the context of health and di...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO301Advanced Biochemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper builds on the principles of biochemistry introduced in BIOMO201 to examine molecular mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, and the degradation of biomolecules. Students will also examine the molecular basis of human diseases suc...
    BIOMO302Advanced Genetics15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper will provide advanced knowledge on microbial and eukaryotic genomes, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, gene editing, the regulation and expression of genes, human disease, and population genetics.
    BIOMO303Advanced Microbiology15.021B (Hamilton)
    The paper will provide knowledge of microbial functions and the role of the microbiome in human and ecosystem health.
    BIOMO304Applied Animal Physiology15.021A (Hamilton)
    The paper will provide a knowledge of mammalian physiology and its application to research in health, exercise and primary production.
    BIOMO306Molecular Biology and Health15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper will provide the application of molecular biology knowledge and skills in the health sciences. This paper is specifically designed to bring together the areas of genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and physiology and look at how they are informing the prevention and treatment of human diseases. Throughout the paper, Uni...
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO501Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an in-depth examination of biomolecular structure, function, and molecular metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
    BIOMO502Molecular Genetics in Health and Disease15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores how modern molecular approaches are contributing to our understanding of molecular genetics and how this information can be exploited to benefit animal and human health.
    BIOMO503Microbiomes15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health.
    BIOMO504Biomedical Physiology15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines select topics in human/animal physiology in the context of functioning of the organism in health and disease. Elements of molecular biology, genetics, animal models of diseases, and pharmacology are used to present students with an integrated approach to physiological research.
    BIOMO511Current Topics in the Biomedical Sciences15.021A (Hamilton)
    There is a significant amount of research addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and microbial infections. This paper will introduce students to the issues faced by researchers in the biomedical space and the current approaches being used to come up with soluti...
    BIOMO512Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences.
    BIOMO592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOMO593Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOMO594Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    CHEMY511Structural Characterisation I15.021A (Hamilton)
    Using a combination of lectures viewed online and instrumental work, students master the skills required to acquire NMR and mass spectra and interpret these to identify an unknown compound. Students should have received basic instruction in carbon and proton NMR before considering enrolling in this course.
    COMPX555Bioinformatics15.021B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to bioinformatics, open to students majoring in computer science or biology. It includes an overview of molecular biology, genomics, script language programming, algorithms for biological data, an introduction to machine learning and data mining, and relevant statistical methods.
    SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
    A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
    SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
    SCIEN521Contemporary Research Topics in Science I15.021A (Block)
    This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
    SCIEN522Contemporary Research Topics in Science II15.021B (Block)
    This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
    SCIEN589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    SCIEN592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SCIEN593Thesis90.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIEN594Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO800Molecular and Cellular Biology MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO900Mollecular and Cellular Biology PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 30 September 2020 8:57am

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