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BIO101L: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab

Unit 3: Cells   Cells are the basic unit of life.  In this section, you will learn about cell structure and how cells are studied.  We will begin with instruction on microscope use, and then study the basic cell types.  An understanding of the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells will be emphasized.  

Unit 3 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 4 hours to complete.

Unit3 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Describe the structure and components of cell types. - Identify cell types and structures under the microscope. - Design experiments to determine the function of organelles.

3.1 Equipment   - Interactive Lab: Wisconsin Online’s “How to Use a Microscope” and Rutgers University’s “Cell Structure” Links: Wisconsin Online’s “How to Use a Microscope” (Adobe Flash) and Rutgers University’s “Cell Structure” (HTML, QuickTime)
 
Instructions: Please click through these two tutorials to learn about compound light microscopes. The first tutorial will simply name the different parts of the microscope.  The second tutorial explains how microscopes are used in the laboratory, and includes examples of cell images as seen under a microscope.
 
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3.2 Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic: Cell Structure and Organization   - Interactive Lab: Wiley’s Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry “Cell Structure” and Wisconsin Online’s “Typical Animal Cell” Links: Wiley’s Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry “Cell Structure” (Adobe Flash) and Wisconsin Online’s “Typical Animal Cell” (Adobe Flash)
 
Instructions: Please click through these two tutorials to gain a visual understanding of cell structure in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The tutorials provide an overview of the structure of prokaryotic, animal, and plant cells. 
 
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  • Reading: Universidad de Salamanca: Professor Cifuente’s “De Duve” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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