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Cell & Developmental Biology - BIO00011C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Harry Isaacs
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module examines the biology of the eukaryotic cell. The student is introduced to the complex internal organisation and evolution of the eukaryotic cell and looks at the properties of eukaryotes that have allowed the evolution and development of complex multicellular life. The module advances to look at the behaviour of cells within the context of multi­cellular organisms. The important roles of cell signalling and differential gene expression in the regulation of cell growth, cell fate, differentiation and the patterning of structures within animals and plants are introduced. During the module the importance of understanding key experiments that underpin our present knowledge will be emphasised. Supporting practical sessions and workshops will allow students to examine developing embryos and develop models based on experimental evidence.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe the organisation and key features of eukaryotic cells.
  • Explain how the properties of eukaryotic cells have allowed the evolution and development of multi­cellular organisms.
  • Describe the mechanisms regulating eukaryotic gene expression
  • Explain and illustrate with specific examples the general principles that underpin cell signalling in multicellular organisms.
  • Describe and illustrate with specific examples the mechanisms regulating cell growth, cell death and cell-type specification in multicellular organisms.
  • Discuss experimental evidence that supports the key concepts presented in the module.
  • Interpret experimental evidence and devise simple, testable models based upon this evidence.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Cell & Developmental Biology
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Cell & Developmental Biology
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.