Learning Exercise

Membranes and Cell Structure

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.
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Exercise

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.

Topics

Membranes and Cell Structure

Learning Objectives

To give students a first exposure to the functions of organelles and components of a membrane out of class so that they are familiar with the terms before lecture.

Assessment

The assignment could be collected and graded or you could develop a quiz to test the students on their understanding of the material.