NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Cell Type Comparison

This NANSLO lab activity is self-contained and can be used in first and second semester general biology with lab, microbiology, and botany courses. In this activity, prepared slides of different organisms are used to compare cellular structures at magnifications up to 600x to determine characteristics of plant and animal cells. The lab activity includes background information which describes the structural and size differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, identifies parts of a cell, describes the appearance and function of the major components of a cell, and explains how plant cells differ from animal cells. The lab activity includes pre-lab exercises, lab exercises, and summary questions.
Primary Material Type:
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Funding Source:
NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Cell Type Comparison, structural size and differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, parts of a cell, appearance and function of major components of cells, how plant and animal cells differ, laboratory exercises.

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Health Care
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
  • Upper division of Bachelors degree or equivalent
Time Required:
2 Hrs connected to laboratory through the Internet plus pre-lab and post-lab work
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Note:
Curriculum expert in this discipline worked with Discipline Panel of faculty to define learning objectives needed for this lab activity. During development, teleconferences were held to discuss lab activity being developed. Draft activity was posted to listserv for review by Discipline Panel and other faculty in that discipline. Based on feedback, lab activity was modified prior to posting as final. Experts in remote web-based science labs who are also science faculty worked together to define the web-enabled interface design used by students to perform the lab activity via the Internet and created the lab setup (robotics, scientific equipment, and items needed to complete the lab activity) testing it with lab technicians and others prior to launching the final lab activity.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None
Course Note:
First and second level General Biology with Lab, Microbiology, and Botany Courses

Copyright / Licensing

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Creative Commons License
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