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BIOL1032 Introduction to Cell Biology and Physiology

Module Overview

To develop fundamental understanding of the major components of living cells and also how cells divide. Students will gain knowledge about the role of the endocrine system in regulation of metabolic and physiological processes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Recognise and be able to describe the structure and function of key components of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.
  • Describe the structure of a typical biological membrane and explain the ways in which polar and non-polar substances cross this barrier.
  • Identify each of the main steps involved in the cell cycle and consequences of the process going wrong.
  • Understand the structure and function of the cytoskeleton.
  • Describe the main neuroendocrine axes.
  • Describe the hormonal main controls on metabolism.
  • Describe the endocrine regulation of reproduction.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop team-based skills in working in a laboratory in a small group.
  • Understand how to work safely in a laboratory and to put this into practise.
  • Be able to analyse and present data.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Know how to safely set up a compound microscope, prepare slides of biological samples and observe biological structures using and appropriate magnification.
  • Draw annotated diagrams of biological structures and features.


Organelles and components of the cell. Cell division. Organisation of cells into tissues. Endocrine system. Hormonal control of metabolism Endocrine regulation of reproduction.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught using a combination of lectures and laboratory practical classes.

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Dee, Unglaub, Silverthorn (2018). Human Physiology : an integrated approach. 

Alberts et al (2015). Molecular Biology of the Cell. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   ( hours) 75%
Practical 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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