Membranes and Cell Structure
as part of its collaboration with the SERC Pedagogic Service.
In an introductory biology course, a lecture is often devoted to describing the functions of each organelle. While this information is important, it can be fairly dry and presented more as a laundry list. The purpose of this activity is to get students to engage the material out of class for a first exposure and identification of the components of a cell and membrane. Then the functions and more complex details can be expanded on in lecture.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
This is a simple one page assignment that can be given to students and collected, an online quiz developed for assessment, or just as a review. There are links to several online tutorials in which students can find answers to these questions.
Student Handout for Membranes and Cell Structure (Microsoft Word 184kB Jun26 09)
Membranes and cell structure quiz (Microsoft Word 38kB Aug28 09)