Cell biology is the study of cell structure and function, and it revolves around the concept that the cell is the fundamental unit of life. Focusing on the cell permits a detailed understanding of the tissues and organisms that cells compose. Research in cell biology is interconnected to other fields such as genetics, molecular genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, medical microbiology, immunology, and cytochemistry. Cells are the basic unit of life. Because study of cell biology is very important and all these diseases and disorders are as a result of issues at a cell or molecular stage.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To understand the structures and purposes of basic components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, especially macromolecules, membranes, and organelles
  • These can include responses to environmental or physiological changes, or alterations of cell function brought about by mutation.
  • To know about the cell division; how and when it takes place.
  • To know about the cancer, causes types and possible preventive measures

Learning outcomes:

At the end of course Students will have knowledge of

  • How these cellular components are used to generate and utilize energy in cells the cellular components underlying mitotic cell division.
  • Students will apply their knowledge of cell biology to selected examples of changes or losses in cell function.
  • Will have knowledge of call metabolism and possible function of all organelles and organs.
  • Will be able to understand the enzymes structures and their mode of action.

Assessment criteria:

Sessional (Attendance, assignment & presentation) 10 Marks

Practical Exam     15 Marks

Mid Term Exam   30 Marks

Final Term Marks 45 Marks

Recommended Books:

  1. Karp, J. Cell and Molecular Biology, Concepts and experiments, 2005.Jhon Wiley And Sons, Inc.
  2. Geoffrey M.C., Robert E.H. The Cell: A Molecular Approach, 2007. Sinauer Associates, Inc.
  3. Bruce Albert et al. 2009. Essential cell biology. Garland Sciences Publishers

Lodish. H. 2001. Molecular Cell Biology. W. H. Freeman


Course Material