BIOSCI 107 : Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The cellular basis of mammalian form and function. Particular emphasis will be placed on cellular components and processes of blood, neural, muscular, reproductive, immune and supporting systems and how they contribute to the structure and function of the body as a whole.

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to human biology with particular emphasis on the cellular basis of form and function. Cellular components and processes of blood, neural, muscular, developmental, immune and supporting systems will be discussed. The course focuses primarily on processes relevant in humans, however, the fundamental nature of the topics covered is of much wider relevance, and the course is recommended for anyone interested in biology.

Laboratories – There are five lab sessions  which provide students with practical laboratory skills in an experimental context. The lab sessions complement the concepts learnt in the lectures. Students complete a short online quiz prior to the lab and an assignment is submitted at the end of each lab. Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 are covered in laboratories 

Online quizzes – There are quizzes to be completed at the end of each lecture topic. These are available throughout the entire lecture topic, and provide students with an opportunity to assess their understanding of the theoretical content.  Learning Outcomes 1,2 are covered in quizzes

Test and Exam - The test is ninety minutes long and consists of multi-choice questions. The exam is two hours long and consists of multi-choice questions.  Learning Outcomes 1,2 are covered in the test and exam 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the structure and function of human cells and tissues. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  2. Understand and describe the cellular processes that enable human cells to perform required functions. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  3. Use and apply practical laboratory equipment correctly to collect experimental data. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Critically evaluate experimental data, presenting findings clearly and logically. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  5. Participate in group discussions, communicating effectively and logically. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Laboratories 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Test 30% Individual Test
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam
Students are required to pass BOTH the theory and practical components of the course.
Theory components: 10% quizzes + 30% test + 40% exam
Practical components: 20% laboratory assessments


Biological Sciences have an active Tuākana programme to support our BIOSCI 107 students. Please visit the link below for more information.

Key Topics

BIOSCI 107 content covers seven topic modules:
Cells & Tissues
Cell Structure & Function
Special Topics
Blood & Immune
Cell Processes
Excitable Tissue: Muscles
Excitable Tissue: Neurons

Learning Resources

Prescribed text: 
Tortora et al, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, the 2nd Asia Pacific edition, Wiley Publishing (IBSN number 9780730363538). This is also the prescribed text for MEDSCI 142. 
Course guide:
A combined lecture and laboratory guide is available for purchase through UBIQ or can be downloaded for free via CANVAS. You will need to bring  the relevant pages from the laboratory manual to each of your practical sessions. 
A recommended supporting textbook:
This text is particularly recommended for students who do not have a strong background in biology: Campbell's Biology, Reece et al. (2017) 11th Edn., Australia and New Zealand version. (Pearson Benjamin Cummings). This is also the prescribed text for BIOSCI 101.

Special Requirements

Students are required to pass BOTH the theory and practical components of the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect ~35 hours of lectures, 15 hours of laboratories, with the remaining ~70 hours spent reading and thinking about the content, and working on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 12/02/2020 08:12 p.m.