Online Class: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

From the laboratory to the real world, cell and molecular biology has a far-ranging impact upon everything from the environment to health and medical issues. Cell and molecular biology enables researchers to study the minute world of microbes and cells.

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  • 20
    Lessons
  • 42
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 1,123
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 18
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.8
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

From the laboratory to the real world, cell and molecular biology has a far-ranging impact upon everything from the environment to health and medical issues. Cell and molecular biology enables researchers to study the minute world of microbes and cells. 

This course will provide  a full overview of the world of cell and microbiology. We will first provide the basic components comprised within all living things before moving onto to how organisms' internal systems work and how they coexist and contend with external elements.

Further on in the course, we touch upon more complex subjects such as: DNA and RNA; protein structures; and movement along cellular pathways. And, alas we delve into some of the deeper molecular biological issues, including those of pathogens; formation of cancerous cells; and, one of today's hot topics--the facts behind the controversial issue of stem cell research.

Despite the small size of researchers' subjects, cell and molecular biology continues to be an area generating sizable interest. Not only are the applications of cell and molecular biology vastly infinite, its basic fundamental principles are critical to daily life.  We believe you will learn a great deal of information from this fascinating course as well as utilize its basic teachings to better understand the world around you.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 : Understanding Cell and Molecular Biology and its History

Lesson 1 : This lesson covers the benefits of understanding cellular and molecular biology. Additional lesson topics: Cell and Molecular Biology 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 1 : Understanding Cell and Molecular Biology and its History

Lesson 2 : Cellular Functioning & Composition

Lesson 2 : In depth explanations regarding the basic functions of cells and their composition. Additional lesson topics: Cell Wall Structure and Function 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Study Focus
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 2 : Cellular Functioning & Composition

Lesson 3 : Chemical Foundations

Lesson 3 : This lesson covers the basics regarding the chemical makeup of cell structures, including enzymes and biosynthesis. Additional lesson topics: Chemical Foundations of Cell Biology 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 3 : Chemical Foundations

Lesson 4 : DNA Properties

Lesson 4 explains DNA and RNA structure and design and function. Additional lesson topics: The Properties of DNA 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 4 : DNA Properties

Lesson 5 : Protein Structure and Function

Lesson 5 will cover the structure and function of proteins such as growth, differentiation, and immunity protection. Additional lesson topics: Protein Structure 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 5 : Protein Structure and Function

Lesson 6 : Regulation of Protein Levels and Activity

Lesson 6 covers the topics of repressors and activators, genetic control and enzyme regulation. Additional lesson topics: Regulation of Protein Function in Cells 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 6 : Regulation of Protein Levels and Activity

Lesson 7 : Cellular Membrane Structure and Function

Lesson 7 will introduce students to the basics of how cells are structured and the functions of each component. Additional lesson topics: Cell Membrane and Function 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 7 :Cellular Membrane Structure and Function

Lesson 8 : Basic Molecular Genetic Mechanisms

Lesson 8 covers the basics of genetic mechanisms found in molecules, such as forward and reverse genetics and genome analysis. Additional lesson topics: Basic Genetic Mechanism 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 8 : Basic Molecular Genetic Mechanisms

Lesson 9 : Cell Birth, Lineage and Death

Lesson 9 offers students a basic introduction to the cell lifecycle, starting at birth and ending with death. Additional lesson topics: Cell Lineage 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 9 : Cell Birth, Lineage and Death

Lesson 10 : Cell Cycle and Checkpoints in Cell Cycle Regulation

Lesson 10 explains in easy to understand terms the processes of mitosis and RNA splicing and editing. Additional lesson topics: Cell Cycle Checkpoints 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 10 :Cell Cycle and Checkpoints in Cell Cycle Regulation

Lesson 11 : Signaling at the Cell Surface

Lesson 11 introduces students of microbiology to the concepts of cell receptors as well as the difference between an agonist and an antagonist. Additional lesson topics: Cell Signaling 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 11 : Signaling at the Cell Surface

Lesson 12 : Signaling Pathways that Control Gene Activity

Lesson 12 introduces the concept of how cells control signal pathways that control the activity of genes and gene development. Additional lesson topics: Cell Signaling Pathways 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 12 : Signaling Pathways that Control Gene Activity

Lesson 13 : Transport of Ions and Small Molecules across Cell Membranes

Lesson 13 explains how molecules and ions are transported between cells and offers exploration of different types of cell transport for basic cellular function. Additional lesson topics: Transport of Ions across Membranes 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 13 : Transport of Ions and Small Molecules across Cell Membranes

Lesson 14 : Protein Solubility

Lesson 14 provides information regarding protein structure and behaviors as well as how proteins travel from and to cells. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Protein Solubility 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 14 : Protein Solubility

Lesson 15 : Epithelium

Lesson 15 offers students basic information regarding these building blocks of all organs and tissues found in the human body. Additional lesson topics: Epithelium 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 15 : Epitheliums

Lesson 16 : Cancer

Lesson 16 offers a brief introduction to the topic of cancer including what defines cancer, the different types of cancer, and how cancer genes mutate. Additional lesson topics: The Cell Cycle and Cancer 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 16 : Cancer

Lesson 17 : Cancer Part Two

Lesson 17 continues the discussion of cancer, how it differentiates, and how cancer is graded and classified according to its origin and spread. Additional lesson topics: Genetics of Breast Cancer; Understanding Cell Division in Cancer 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 17 : Cancer Part Two

Lesson 18 : Pathogens

Lesson 18 provides a brief discussion regarding pathogens, different types, and how they spread. Additional lesson topics: Microbes and Disease 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 18 : Pathogens

Lesson 19 : Bioinformatics

Lesson 19 explores the field of bioinformatics and how these multiple disciplinary studies combine to offer new resources for research and study in this growing field. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Bioinformatics 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Choices Please?
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 19 : Bioinformatics

Lesson 20 : Stem Cell Research

Lesson 20 provides basic information and content regarding stem cells, their capabilities, and research being conducted today. Additional lesson topics: Stem Cell Information; Stem Cell Research 114 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Stem Cell Issues; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 20 : Stem Cell Research
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
741
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize cell and molecular biology history.
  • Summarize cellular functioning and composition.
  • Describe the chemical foundations of cell biology.
  • Summarize the DNA properties of cell biology.
  • Describe protein structure and function.
  • Describe cellular membrane structure and function.
  • Describe basic molecular genetic mechanisms.
  • Summarize the Cell Cycle
  • Describe the signaling pathways that control gene activity.
  • Summarize the transport of ions and small molecules across cell membranes.
  • Define protein solubility.
  • Describe the Epithelium.
  • Describe the cell microbiology processes of cancer.
  • Describe pathogens, bioinformatics, and stem cell research.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Course Number: 7550426
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,127 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: May 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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