Talk:Course Handout

From CellBiology
Dr Mark Hill

2010 Handout

Course Staff

  • Dr Mark Hill
  • Office: room G20 ground floor, Wallace Wurth Building
  • Email:

Course Introduction

Welcome to Cell Biology in 2010 and thank you for choosing this exciting topic! Cell Biology and its associated methodologies are at the core of basic scientific investigations and current medical research. The course this year will benefit from the growth in new researchers in Cell Biology within the School. Dr Thomas Fath will be providing a number of the lectures and supervise a laboratory. Professor Peter Gunning, Professor Edna Hardeman, Dr Galina Schevzov, Dr Antonio Lee and Dr Steve Palmer will also be contributing to the course. Skills and knowledge from this current course will be a great advantage in your own future career. Take the opportunity to discuss potential future Honours projects with these researchers. Students who have completed this course have enjoyed both the pace, content and structure of the course. I note that some student have timetable clashes with other courses that we have not yet been able to resolve.

UNSW Cell Biology, is an online resource I have developed to aid your own independent learning, please explore its content. It not only has the usual lecture slides, but also podcast broadcasts, lab project support, online external resources (included complete Cell Biology textbooks), access and searching of the current literature (both research and reviews) and much more.

In Lectures and Labs I provide regular handouts and clearly identify any examinable material. A key component of course structure is the revision final lecture, an opportunity to review course material and ask questions about difficult concepts. As part of the course I also encourage you to develop the general scientific skills of critical thinking, analysis and scientific writing. These are important life skills applicable and required for any future (scientific) career.

This handout contains information designed to help you get started and plan for this semester, please take the time to read through it and contact me if you have any difficulties. I am also continually assessing student feedback in the updating, design and presentation of the course. Also feel free to contact me with questions and course feedback by email at any time.

Student Contact

  • Appointments should be made initially by email to Dr Mark Hill or through the SOMS office (room MG14). Appointments times are available during 2010 semester 1 each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm, or at other times by arrangement.
  • University policy concerning student contact is:
”When a student is enrolled into University of New South Wales, he or she will be automatically issued with a University email account. The School will use that email account as the official electronic channel to communicate with each student.”

  • School of Medical Sciences Student Adviser is Carmen Robinson (room MG14)
    • Telephone: (+612) 9385 2464
    • Fax: (+612) 9385 2866
    • Email:

Course Information

  • 6 Units of credit, Science/Anatomy program.
  • Prerequisite: ANAT2200 or ANAT2241

Course Structure

  • Two lectures and a single tutorial/laboratory per week. Course Timetable
  • Lectures: Tuesday 10 - 11 am , Lecture 2 Wednesday 3 - 4 pm Wallace Wurth LG02
  • Laboratory: Thursday 4 - 6 pm Wallace Wurth 110 Hybrid Lab

Course Aims

  • To present the current theories and applications of cell biology.
  • To describe internal and external cellular structures.
  • To examine dynamic changes within the cell.
  • To cover emerging cell biology research technologies.


  • There will be three parts to the course assessment.
  1. Independent Learning - Assessment throughout semester. 20%
  2. Group Project – An online project. 20%
  3. Theory - A written test held during the examination period. 60%

  • Assessment Design has been structured to develop and examine the following graduate attributes and specific learning skills:
    • Student independent learning/research abilities
    • Student scientific writing and referencing skills
    • Student teamwork in small groups
    • Student group work contribution
    • Student ability to plan time and meet assessment deadlines
    • Student acquired knowledge from lecture/lab presentations
    • Student application of knowledge to problem solving

For more information see also UNSW Guidelines on Learning

Student learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned the current understanding of cell structure and function and how this is dynamically organized. You will also understand the major methods used to study cells and their application to medical research. This information can then be integrated with other program subjects to give a cellular basis for Anatomy. Importantly the teaching methods and content are designed to encourage your own self-motivated scientific enquiry.

Laboratory Structure

It is important to be at this location on time, as some classes will then proceed to other locations on campus. Before participating in any research laboratory, specific OHS information will be provided to students. Time will also be made available in some laboratories for work and discussion on the Group Projects.

The current course laboratory structure is:

  1. Tutorial-based classes covering current cell biology techniques.
  2. Research-based exercises using cell biology analytical techniques.
  3. Research facility visits demonstrating specialist cell biology tools.


The course organizer (Dr Mark Hill) will be the examiner. The course assessor is Prof Edna Hardeman.

  • Group Project an online project prepared by groups of 4 students throughout semester. The project will have a final assessment by student peers and by the course organizer in week 12 of the semester.
  • Individual Assessment (independent learning) brief questions based upon lecture and laboratory content given in the laboratory time and submitted online by the end of laboratory time throughout semester.
  • Theory examination will be an exam within the session 1 exam period and will conform to University examination guidelines. The theory exam is a 3 hour short answer essay format, assessing student understanding and comprehension of cell biology. Questions are based on lecture material and supporting laboratory content. Sample questions will be provided online and during the final revision lecture.
  • Supplementary examinations will only be offered if the student is unable to attend the final examination for medical or misadventure reasons.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Please Read - Plagiarism & Academic Integrity and the linked information pages. The content below is from an earlier version of a UNSW handout.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the presentation of the thoughts or work of another as one’s own.(1)

Examples include:

  • direct duplication of the thoughts or work of another, including by copying material, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document (whether published or unpublished), composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, web site, Internet, other electronic resource, or another person’s assignment without appropriate acknowledgement;
  • paraphrasing another person’s work with very minor changes keeping the meaning, form and/or progression of ideas of the original;
  • piecing together sections of the work of others into a new whole;
  • presenting an assessment item as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people, for example, another student or a tutor; and
  • claiming credit for a proportion a work contributed to a group assessment item that is greater than that actually contributed.†

For the purposes of this policy, submitting an assessment item that has already been submitted for academic credit elsewhere may be considered plagiarism. Knowingly permitting your work to be copied by another student may also be considered to be plagiarism. Note that an assessment item produced in oral, not written, form, or involving live presentation, may similarly contain plagiarised material.

The inclusion of the thoughts or work of another with attribution appropriate to the academic discipline does not amount to plagiarism. The Learning Centre website is main repository for resources for staff and students on plagiarism and academic honesty. These resources can be located via:

The Learning Centre also provides substantial educational written materials, workshops, and tutorials to aid students, for example, in:

  • correct referencing practices;
  • paraphrasing, summarising, essay writing, and time management;
  • appropriate use of, and attribution for, a range of materials including text, images, formulae and concepts.
  • Individual assistance is available on request from The Learning Centre.

Students are also reminded that careful time management is an important part of study and one of the identified causes of plagiarism is poor time management. Students should allow sufficient time for research, drafting, and the proper referencing of sources in preparing all assessment items.

(1) Text above based on that proposed to the University of Newcastle by the St James Ethics Centre. Used with kind permission from the University of Newcastle † Adapted with kind permission from the University of Melbourne.

Continual Course Improvement

  • Periodically student evaluative feedback on the course is gathered, using among other means, UNSW's Course and Teaching Evaluation and Improvement (CATEI) Process. Student feedback is taken seriously, and continual improvements are made to the course based in part on such feedback.

Administrative Matters

  • Students are required to attend each lecture and laboratory unless given special permission.
  • Students seeking special consideration should be able to provide medical certificates.
  • Students must wear a white lab coat and closed footwear in research laboratories and comply at all times with SOMS occupational health and safety requirements (found on SOMS website).

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Equity and Diversity

  • Those students who have a disability that requires some adjustment in their teaching or learning environment are encouraged to discuss their study needs with the course convener prior to, or at the commencement of, their course, or with the Equity Officer (Disability) in the Equity and Diversity Unit (9385 4734) or on the web:
  • Issues to be discussed may include access to materials, signers or note-takers, the provision of services and additional exam and assessment arrangements.
  • Early notification is essential to enable any necessary adjustments to be made.

Grievance Procedure

  • Problems or a grievance with the course, you should first attempt to resolve it with the course organizer (Dr Mark Hill, room G20). If the grievance cannot be resolved in this way, it should be directed to the department's grievance officer (Dr Priti Pandey).