BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology (8)

This subject introduces the current model of eukaryotic cell at a molecular level, detailing aspects of cellular structure and function, regulation, the cell cycle and the flow of genetic information. It links aspects of biochemistry and genetics as they pertain to cell functioning and fits this knowledge into the broader context of organism structure, cancer development and embryological development.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS241. 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 Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the cell as a basic unit of life including the organisation of cells and their composition.
  • describe in detail the current understanding of genomic evolution and how it relates to species differentiation.
  • be able to describe in detail the cell structure and function, including subcellular structure, membranes, membrane proteins , active and passive transport, the cytoskeleton and cell movement.
  • be able to describe the processes of cell regulation including gene regulation, cell signalling, the cell cycle and apply these to development, cell- and tissue differentiation and programmed cell death.
  • be able to perform basic molecular genetic analytical procedures.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Control of gene expression
  • Evolution of genes and genomes
  • Manipulating genes and cells
  • Membrane structure
  • Membrane transport
  • Intracellular compartments and transport
  • Cell communication
  • Cytoskeleton
  • The cell division cycle
  • Tissues & cancers

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS241 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Mid session exam
Practical exam
Comprehension assignment
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

Compulsory, student will have to perform general molecular techniques such as DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, hybridisation and PCR

Special Resources

Travel to compusory Residential School.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.