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Learning Exercise: Membranes and Cell Structure

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.


Submitted by:
Scott Cooper
Date Last Modified:
September 29, 2009


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.
Additional Information:



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


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.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised


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