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BIOL6021 Current Topics in Cell and Developmental 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how chromatin is structured and regulated
  • Describe or explain the underlying cell and developmental biology of other selected topics covered in the module with focus on current research.
  • Describe how eukaryotic genome is organised in interphase nuclei and in mitotic chromosomes
  • 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
  • Describe the structure and function of centromeres and kinetochores
  • Explain the structure and function of mitotic spindle
  • Describe the mechanisms regulating vascular development
  • Describe how cellular degradation pathways such as autophagy function and their relationship to disease


The module provides an advanced level module that will give students insight into selected topics in cell and developmental biology. These topics cover the structure and function of eukaryotic genome, chromosomes, the cytoskeleton, the organisation and function of the extracellular matrix, the mitotic spindle, stem cells, cellular degradation mechanisms, and vascular development.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, independent learning

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%

Linked modules

BIOL2002 or BIOL2010

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