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BIOL3001 Current Topics in Cell Biology

Module Overview

This module provides a detailed and up-to-date study of a small number of topics in modern cell biology

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide a detailed and up-to-date study of a small number of topics in modern cell biology

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how epithelial cells are structured and function, in particular for cell surface features
  • Describe how epithelial cells maintain their polarised phenotype
  • Explain how specific components of the cytoplasmic cytoskeleton are structured and function.
  • Describe the organisation and function of the extracellular matrix (ECM), including cellular interactions with the ECM and key molecules involved.
  • Explain key factors in stem cell biology
  • Explain the structure and function of mitotic spindle
  • Describe the cell biology of the vascular system
  • Describe or explain the cell biology of other selected topics covered in the module

Syllabus

The module provides an advanced level module that will give students insight into selected topics in cell biology. These topics cover the structure and function of epithelial cell, the cytoskeleton, the organisation and function of the extracellular matrix, the mitotic spindle, stem cells, and vascular cell biology .

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, independent learning

TypeHours
Independent Study130
Lecture20
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Written exam  (2 hours) 75%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Written exam  (2 hours) 75%
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