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BIOL1006 Cell Biology & Genetics

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics from general principles to modern day applications; you should aim to understand, appreciate, be familiar with, and realise the significance of the module contents.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The features of prokaryote and Eukaryote cells, the composition and spatial organisation of the cell. The structure and features of major organelle systems including the nucleus, the secretory vacuolar system (endoplasmic reticulum, golgi, lysosomes), mitochondria, plant cells with chloroplasts and cytoplasmic vacuole. Plasma membrane and mechanisms of transport into and out of the cell. Protein production and sorting. The cytoskeleton and its role in the cell.
  • Chromatin structure, gene regulation, and the ways in which molecular biology throws light on gene function and the genetic regulation of cell specialisation. Techniques of recombinant DNA and cloning, its use and implications in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Cancer, tumorigenesis and the cell cycle. Cell determination and differentiation and the role of stem cells in cell replacement in humans. The transmission of genetic material in cell division by mitosis or meiosis, the control of these processes and how cell division fits within the cell cycle. Human Spermatogenesis and Oogenesis in relation to cell division. The phenomenon and implications of Chromosome karyogamy, variation in chromosome number (polyploidy and aneuploidy). The analysis of genetic variation in inheritance and transmission genetics including epistasis. Sex determination, sex linkage, human pedigree analysis. The detailed content can be liable to change from year to year

Syllabus

This module is an introduction to Cell Biology & Genetics from general principles to modern day applications. For more details content see above

Special Features

N/A.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Blackboard, formative and summative assessment, and independent study

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Lecture24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Klug, W.S. et al.. Concepts of Genetics. 

Campbell, N.A. & Reece, J.B. Biology. 

Alberts, B et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 

Assessment

Formative

Blackboard quizzes

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Blackboard quizzes 30%
Written exam 70%
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