Biology of Cells module description

  • This module presents students with a general introduction to cell structure and the control of cell function, with an emphasis on mammalian cells.
    • The properties of life: genomes and proteomes
    • The study of biology and an overview of cell structure
    • The basis for the modern biology and the molecular approach to biology.
    Membrane structure and function
    • Membrane macromolecular structures and fluidity
    • Mechanisms of cell transport
    • Signalling pathways, signal transduction and signalling molecules
    Nucleic acids and genetics
    • Structure of nucleic acids and DNA replication
    • Eukaryotic chromosomes, mitosis and meiosis
    • Patterns of inheritance
    Molecular genetics
    • Genetics of bacteria and viruses
    • Genes expression and regulation
    • Mutations, DNA repair and cancer
    • Developmental biology
    • Principle of development
    • Animal development

    On completing this module, students will have had the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of:

    • Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure
    • Plasma membrane structure, properties and function
    • Transport of molecules, ions and particulate matter across membranes
    • Signalling pathways, signal transduction and signalling molecules
    • Structure and function of nucleic acids and DNA replication
    • Eukaryotic chromosomes, mitosis and meiosis
    • Genetics of bacteria and viruses
    • Patterns of inheritance
    • Gene expression and regulation, mutations, DNA repair and cancer
    • The life of a flowering plant and photosynthesis

    On completing this module, students will have had the opportunity to:

    • Gain experience in researching, reviewing and synthesising specialist subject specific literature
    • Work safely and competently in a laboratory
    • Acquire, analyse and interpret experimental data
    • Record laboratory work using a laboratory notebook
    • Report experimental findings using conventional formats
    • Manage time and tasks (practiced)
    • Keep a laboratory notebook (taught and practiced)
    • Communicate using conventional written formats (taught and practiced)
    • Use information technology and library resources (practiced)

    There will be 2 x approx 1 hr lectures per week, lying within the usual 3hr lecture slot, for 12 weeks per semester.

     

    Lectures will be organised into 6x 4 week blocks and there will be a practical class associated with each block.
    There will be 6 x 3hr practical classes