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    Selected topics from current issues in cell and molecular biology. Practical experience in molecular biology, cell culture and microscopy.

    This paper provides an opportunity to conduct an in-depth examination of selected topics in current cell biology. The specific topics will vary from year to year but will reflect current research interests in the Department. While dealing with advanced aspects of cell biology, the material will be taught from an Anatomy perspective, which will not presuppose an extensive biochemical or molecular biological knowledge. An important feature of this paper is providing hands-on experience in a number of cell biology techniques and the opportunity to think more deeply about research issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cell Biology
    Subject Anatomy
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANAT 241
    Schedule C
    Students studying a major or minor in Neuroscience may take ANAT332 in 2021 if they have achieved a grade of B+ or better in ANAT242, however this paper will need to be added via the special permission process.

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    Teaching staff

    Course Convener: Dr Mike Garratt

    Lecturers: 2024 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

    Paper Structure

    ANAT 332 will comprise of three or four self-contained modules focusing on selected topics in current Cell Biology. Each module will consist of a series of lectures and associated laboratory sessions. In recent years these modules have included 'Cell Division', 'Cancer Cell Biology', 'Regulation of Gene Expression', 'Cell Survival and Death', 'Cell Signalling' and 'Receptor-mediated Cell Signalling'.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on campus.

    Recommended: 'Molecular Biology of the Cell' by Alberts et al. (pub. Garland Science) 6th Ed.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Obtain an advanced understanding of selected aspects of cell biology and appreciate the influence of current research on these topics
    • Have the opportunity to develop hands-on laboratory skills and to collate, examine and interpret their own experimental findings

    A key aspect of this paper is not only acquiring knowledge but also understanding how experimentation has led to this knowledge.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 37-41
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 30-35, 38-42
    A3 Friday 14:00-17:50 30-35, 38-42
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