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Cell Structure and Function

Undergraduate | RMI-SCB110 | 2024

Discover the structure, diversity and function of living cells. Explore cell origin and evolution. Learn the specialised role of eukaryotic organelles. Put cells under the microscope from composition and respiration to division and regulation

Study method
Online & on-campus
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Cell Structure and Function

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    • explain the concept of cells as the fundamental building blocks of life
    • explain the way in which all cells share a set of basic characteristics
    • explain the role of various classes of macromolecules in cell structure and function
    • explain the way in which cell and organelle membranes contribute to cellular functions
    • explain the mechanisms and energy flows underpinning cellular metabolism
    • relate how protein structure is related to their various functions
    • relate how energy flows through processes such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration and fermentation
    • understand how DNA is a store of genetic information and how it is replicated and transcribed into proteins
    • explain the way in which cells divide to enable growth and reproduction and the genetic controls on these processes
    • undertake laboratory procedures useful to investigating cellular structure and process
    • interpret experimental data and draw appropriate conclusions based on theoretical concepts
    • have practical and conceptual knowledge of cell biology to undertake further studies in genetics, biochemistry, molecular, plant and animal biology or related fields.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.


This is an introductory subject requiring no formal prerequisites but an understanding of chemistry to senior secondary level is helpful.

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - Mandatory lab practical's are scheduled to run for this subject at the RMIT City Campus (Melbourne, Australia): SP3: Oct 30 - Nov 3 (5 half days from 9 am - 1 pm)

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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