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BIOL1006 Cell Biology & Genetics

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

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


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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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



WWW Assessment Sites


MethodPercentage contribution
Blackboard quizzes 25%
Written exam 75%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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