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CELS199 Cell and Molecular Biology

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An introduction to the biology of cells; fundamentals of molecular biology; organismal and molecular genetics; human genetic variation; diversity and biology of microorganisms; microbial virulence and disease processes.

CELS 199 provides a fundamental introduction to cell and molecular biology and genetics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. It is a restricted-entry paper that covers the same lecture content as CELS 191 with added tutorials and can be substituted for CELS 191 as a prerequisite for all papers that list CELS 191 as a prerequisite.

Paper title Cell and Molecular Biology
Paper code CELS199
Subject Cell and Molecular Biology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BIOL 111, CELS 191
Schedule C
CELS199 may be taken only by students approved by the Course Coordinator. To be eligible for approval, students must have enrolled in CELS 191 in the first semester of the same academic year and failed the paper with a D or FC result overall but passed the laboratory assessment.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff

Academic Convenor: Professor Richard MacKnight
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lisa Russell

Paper Structure
This paper covers four modules:
  • Cell structure and diversity
  • Molecular biology, Genes, Chromosomes and inheritance
  • Human molecular genetics
  • Microbes and medicine and Applied microbiology
Teaching Arrangements

CELS 199 is comprised of 36 lectures and 13 2-hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Two progress tests will be held on a weekday evening.


Campbell, N. Biology: A Global Approach (11th Edition) Pearson Education

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • CELS 199 will ensure students are adequately prepared in fundamental biology.
  • Students will gain a firm understanding and grounding in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and microbiology.
  • Students will progress towards achievement of good skills in accessing, synthesising and interpreting information, including interpreting graphical and numerical data to solve problems.
  • Students will develop an evidence-based approach to biological and biomedical knowledge.
  • Students will develop technical and computer-based skills for acquiring biological and biomedical knowledge.
  • Students will work and communicate well in groups.
  • Students will develop and appreciate the value of intellectual independence.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 30, 34, 37, 41
Monday 18:00-19:50 33, 39
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41