Curriculum & Course Descriptions


BS1007 Molecular and Cell Biology I

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Thirumaran THANABALU (email:

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 2

Pre-requisite: BS1001

Course Type: BS-Core, BMS-Core, PE-STS, UE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours:  Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 9 hours

Learning Objective: To learn Cell biology to understand how the cells carry cellular functions to allow the cells to grow, repair and reproduce. To learn the function of cellular machineries so that they can appreciate how mutations in a single gene gives rise to diseases.
This course introduces cell biology at a basic level.

  1. Compartmentalization of cellular function in organelles
  2. Transport between organelles
  3. Cytoskeleton and its role transport

Learning Outcome:
After successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. List the compartments of a cell as well as list the constituents in each cellular compartment
  2. Describe the function of each compartment and the role of each compartment in normal cell physiology
  3. Plan experiments to assess the role of cellular constituents and interpret experimental results
  4. Understand how a change in a constituent affects the cellular physiology and cause diseases


  1. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, Garland Science, c2008. (QH581.2.M718), ISBN 978-0-8153-4105-5 Paperback Book
  2. 2. Harvey Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology, 6th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2008 (QH581.2.M718M 2008)
  3. Gerald Karp, Cell and Molecular Biology : concepts and experiments, 5th Edition, John Wiley, 2008 (QH581.2.K18 2008)

*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of A-Level Biology