BMS143 Molecular Cell Biology 1 (8)

This subject introduces the current model of eukaryotic cells at a molecular level, detailing aspects of cellular biochemistry, the flow of genetic information, the production of proteins and their basic functions. It links aspects of introductory biochemistry and introductory genetics as they pertain to cell functioning and fits this knowledge into the broader context of cellular function.


Micro Session 5 (72)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS143. 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

BMS133 & BMS134 or equivalent

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the cell as a basic unit of life including identifying the internal organisation of cells and compare their chemical composition;
  • be able to list, identify, define and describe important molecular processes and their components;
  • be able to describe the flow of information in a cell from DNA to protein and compare the molecular processes involved and explain their regulation;
  • be able to describe in detail the current understanding of genomic evolution and how it relates to species differentiation; and
  • be able to identify and describe current technologies used to analyse structure and functions of genes.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Cells;
  • Topic 2: The chemical components of cells;
  • Topic 3: Energy and biological reactions in cells;
  • Topic 4: Protein structure and function;
  • Topic 5: DNA and chromosomes;
  • Topic 6: DNA replication;
  • Topic 7: From DNA to protein;
  • Topic 8: Control of Gene expression;
  • Topic 9: Genomic evolution; and
  • Topic 10: Analysing genes.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.