Cell Biology - BIO00011I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Nia Bryant
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module summary

This module will deal with fundamental aspects of cell biology. Topics covered include the cytoskeleton, cell signalling, cell motility, cell adhesion, apoptosis and membrane trafficking. We will consider how knowledge in these areas contributes to our understanding of cell differentiation, tissue remodelling and development of complex multicellular organisms.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module will deal with fundamental aspects of cell biology. Topics covered include the cytoskeleton, cell signalling, cell motility, cell adhesion, apoptosis and membrane trafficking. We will consider how knowledge in these areas contributes to our understanding of cell differentiation, tissue remodelling and development of complex multicellular organisms.

Throughout the module we will discuss how defects in regulation of cell biological processes underpins a wide variety of disease states, and how an cell biological processes are manipulated for biotech applications. The module includes workshop and practical sessions desinged to develop and experimental design and problem solving skills.

Module learning outcomes

1. Describe the basic architecture of eukaryotic cells, including structure and function of key components.

2. Describe regulatory mechanisms that allow cells to respond to changes in their environment.

3. Design experimental strategies to investigate cell biological processes

4. Solve problems pertaining to cell biological processes in health and disease

5. Analyse and interpret experimental data

6. Integrate concepts from across the module to explain higher order cell function(s)

Module content

This module builds upon stage 1 modules (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology).

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Cell Biology
2.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

The summative closed exam will comprise problem solving and experiment design questions, with some factual recall within these questions.

Students will test their knowledge on the lecture material through multiple choice tests, released on the VLE after each topic block. Problem solving workshops will follow each block.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Cell Biology
2.5 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 accessible through the VLE module site.



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