Subject notes for CSU VSC113
Semester 1, 2018
Notes for the entire semester of VSC113.
-Major classes of biological molecules important for cell function
-Structure, function and classification of micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi.
-Structure and function of nucleated cells and major differences between plant and animal cells.
-Control of the cell cycle.
-Biological membranes, cellular signalling and transmembrane transport processes.
-Flow of genetic information, control of gene expression, gene families and cancer.
-Recombinant DNA technology and its application to animal and veterinary sciences.
-Culturing micro-organisms and control of microbial growth.
-Structure and classes of multi-celled organisms, invertebrates, helminths
Learning objectives include:
-be able to describe the families of biological molecules essential for life (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids) and outline their anabolism and catabolism;
-be able to describe the basic structure of cells, including various subcellular structures in relation to their function;
-be able to detail the structure and functions of cellular membranes, their integral proteins and describe the role these play in cellular communication;
-be able to describe chemical transport of ions and molecules across biological membranes;
-be able to demonstrate the basic understanding of muscle structure and function;
-be able to describe the flow of information from DNA to proteins, and its control;
-be able to discuss the importance of the cell cycle and its control in normal and neoplastic cells;
-be able to describe the inheritance of genes and their basic structure;
-be able to define mendelian inheritance patterns;
-be able to solve monohybrid and dihybrid problems;
-be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure, function and pathogenicity of various classes of micro-organisms
-be able to culture and identify various classes of micro-organisms;
-be able to describe the major differences in structure of single and multiple-celled organisms including microbes, plant and animal cells; and
-be able to produce a scientific report.