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Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology


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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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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know cell and molecular biology history.
  • Know cellular functioning and composition.
  • Describe the chemical foundations of cell biology.
  • Know the DNA properties of cell biology.
  • Describe protein structure and function.
  • Describe cellular membrane structure and function.
  • Describe basic molecular genetic mechanisms.
  • Know the Cell Cycle
  • Describe the signaling pathways that control gene activity.
  • Know 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Visual Cells
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cell Function Junction; Understanding the Cell Theory
  • Take Poll: Study Focus
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: All About Enzymes; Enzymes for Not-So Dummies
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 3 : Chemical Foundations

Lesson 4 : DNA Properties

Lesson 4 explains DNA and RNA structure and design and function. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: DNA Property
  • Review Video: Video DNA
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Peptides and Proteins, Oh My!; Protein Structures
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Protein Synthesis Basics; Regulations and Controls
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cellular Membrane Structure Basics; More on Membranes
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Genetic Mechanisms
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cell Birth; Fun with Karyotes
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Cell Cycles; Cell Mitosis
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fight or Flight Respose; Ligand-Gated Ion Channel
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Bouncing Signals; Protein Kinase A; The Wnt Homepage
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Notch Signaling Pathway; Transports on the Go
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Endosomes and Endocytosis
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: All about Epithelial Tissues; Epi-thee-li-what?
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: About Cancer; Cancer Resources
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Genetics of Breast Cancer; Cancer Characteristics
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 17 : Cancer Part Two

Lesson 18 : Pathogens

Lesson 18 provides a brief discussion regarding pathogens, different types, and how they spread. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Spreading Germs; Understanding Pathogens
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review Article: Bio-Information
  • Take Poll: Choices Please?
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 114 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Stem Cell Basics; Stem Cell Research
  • Take Poll: Stem Cell Issues
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 20 : Stem Cell Research
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Total Course Points

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Course Title: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Course Number: 7550426
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
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
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