VSC113 Fundamentals of Veterinary Cell Biology (8)

This subject provides an introduction to cellular biology incorporating applied aspects of basic cell structure and function including aspects of introductory organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and cellular physiology with particular emphasis on biochemical and genetic functions of cells. This subject will prepare students for advanced study in physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and histology. Previous basic knowledge chemistry and biology is assumed.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC113. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Basic chemistry and biology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • 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.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.