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BIOL2002 Cell Biology

Module Overview

This module will cover the following topics: properties and transport functions of cell membranes; organelles involved in photosynthesis and related processes; protein synthesis, targeting and modification; the cell cycle; the cell cytoskeleton; cell-cell interactions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Promote an appreciation of the complexity of animal, plant and microbial cells. • Develop an understanding of selected key cellular structures and processes. • Develop an appreciation of some of the techniques used in cell biology research. • Provide a basis for further study of cell biology and related topics in later modules.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • the properties, structure and synthesis of cell membranes
  • the mechanisms involved in the transport of solutes across cell membranes
  • the targeting of proteins to different cellular locations
  • the properties and functions of plastids
  • the light and dark reactions of photosynthesis
  • the components that regulate the cell-cycle in eukaryotes
  • the importance of ‘checkpoints’ in the cell-cycle
  • the structure and function of the cell cytoskeleton, cell walls and the extracellular matrix
  • how cells connect and adhere to each other and the influence this has on cell-cell communication

Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics: properties and transport functions of cell membranes; organelles involved in photosynthesis and related processes; protein synthesis, targeting and modification; mitochondria and respiration; the cell cycle; the cell cytoskeleton.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, revision session and practical sessions.

TypeHours
Independent Study118
Lecture23
Practical classes and workshops9
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Written exam  (2 hours) 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Written exam  (2 hours) 70%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: (BIOL1007 or BIOL1010) and (BIOL1005 or BIOL1006)

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