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Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

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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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  • Lesson 1 : Understanding Cell and Molecular Biology and its History

    Lesson 1 : This lesson covers the benefits of understanding cellular and molecular biology.
  • Lesson 2 : Cellular Functioning & Composition

    Lesson 2 : In depth explanations regarding the basic functions of cells and their composition.
  • Lesson 3 : Chemical Foundations

    Lesson 3 : This lesson covers the basics regarding the chemical makeup of cell structures, including enzymes and biosynthesis.
  • Lesson 4 : DNA Properties

    Lesson 4 explains DNA and RNA structure and design and function.
  • Lesson 5 : Protein Structure and Function

    Lesson 5 will cover the structure and function of proteins such as growth, differentiation, and immunity protection.
  • Lesson 6 : Regulation of Protein Levels and Activity

    Lesson 6 covers the topics of repressors and activators, genetic control and enzyme regulation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 14 : Protein Solubility

    Lesson 14 provides information regarding protein structure and behaviors as well as how proteins travel from and to cells.
  • Lesson 15 : Epithelium

    Lesson 15 offers students basic information regarding these building blocks of all organs and tissues found in the human body.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 18 : Pathogens

    Lesson 18 provides a brief discussion regarding pathogens, different types, and how they spread.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 20 : Stem Cell Research

    Lesson 20 provides basic information and content regarding stem cells, their capabilities, and research being conducted today.

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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
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 1 : Understanding Cell and Molecular Biology and its HistoryExam8
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 2 : Cellular Functioning & CompositionExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 3 : Chemical FoundationsExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 4 : DNA PropertiesExam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 5 : Protein Structure and FunctionExam9
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 6 : Regulation of Protein Levels and ActivityExam8
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 7 :Cellular Membrane Structure and FunctionExam9
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 8 : Basic Molecular Genetic MechanismsExam9
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment30
Quiz for Lesson 9 : Cell Birth, Lineage and DeathExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 10 :Cell Cycle and Checkpoints in Cell Cycle RegulationExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 11 : Signaling at the Cell SurfaceExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 12 : Signaling Pathways that Control Gene ActivityExam9
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 13 : Transport of Ions and Small Molecules across Cell MembranesExam10
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 14 : Protein SolubilityExam9
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment30
Quiz for Lesson 15 : EpitheliumsExam10
Lesson 16 AssignmentAssignment30
Quiz for Lesson 16 : CancerExam10
Lesson 17 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 17 : Cancer Part TwoExam10
Lesson 18 AssignmentAssignment30
Quiz for Lesson 18 : PathogensExam9
Lesson 19 AssignmentAssignment20
Quiz for Lesson 19 : BioinformaticsExam8
Lesson 20 AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 20 : Stem Cell ResearchExam10
The Final ExamExam79
Total Points:741

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