CELL ORGANELLES [TOPIC GUIDE]

    Introduction to cell organelles

    • Cell organelles is a core JC1 topic in H2 BIO A levels. This topic is foundation to the entire H2 BIO syllabus. It explores the microscopic appearance of cells, it’s contents, their corresponding functions as well as their assigned names (plural/singular).


    Curated materials for cell organelles


    Most common phrasing errors made by students during exams

    • Nucleolus consists of DNA´╗┐
    • Lysosomes contain lysozymes
    • The nuclear envelop is a bilayer
    • Mitochondria are sites of respiration and they produce energy


    Exam tips

    • Centrioles are not found in most plants
    • Transport vesicles are different from secretory vesicles
    • Cisterna and crista refers to structures in different organelles
    • When asked to label, check arrow # and give appropriate singular or plural forms´╗┐
    • It is not important to contrast animal and plant cells anymore but one should understand and be able to describe what structures makes plants unique e.g. chloroplasts and cellulose
    • Glycosylation of proteins begin in the RER vs. lipids in GA. What happens to the glycoproteins in GA is further/final chemical modifications as well as packing and sorting
    • Finally, many students do not spend enough time contemplating the concept of cell theory. Make sure you do as the idea of viruses being non-living is built on this very concept.


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