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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.

    CELS199 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 CELS191 with added tutorials and can be substituted for CELS191 as a prerequisite for all papers that list CELS191 as a prerequisite.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cell and Molecular Biology
    Subject Cell and Molecular Biology
    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.
    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

    CELS199 is comprised of 36 lectures and 13, 2-hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. A progress test will be held on a weekday evening.


    Campbell, N. Biology: A Global Approach (12th Edition) Pearson Education

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    • CELS199 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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Friday 12:00-13:50 30-35, 37-42

    Terms Test (Streamed)

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 18:30-19:20 35
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