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C11113 Introductory Cell Biology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Compulsory for students registered for C100/C101 Biology; C300/C301 Zoology; C400/C401 Genetics + C410/C420 Human Genetics but not restricted to them. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
  This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: GCSE Science (Biology and Chemistry). A levels in Biology and Chemistry preferred.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module is designed to provide an understanding of the structure and functioning of living cells. This provides an important foundation for further study within the biological sciences, as an appreciation of cell biology is vital for understanding many other cellular and whole organismal processes. The subject material falls within three major themes: a) Survey of cell structure including membranes and organelles b) Key aspects of biochemistry, including protein structure and metabolic pathways c) Introduction to cell physiology Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Practical 3 weeks1 per week3 hours
    Lecture 8 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Lecture 8 weeks1 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 75 Two hour multiple choice exam 
    Assignment 25 Based on Practical classes 

    Professor P Dyer

    Education Aims:  To provide an introduction to cell biology encompassing cell structure, biochemistry and physiology. An understanding of cell biology and biochemistry is essential to many aspects of biology. Students attending the module will therefore benefit by gaining a working knowledge of this subject area. The module content provides valuable intermediate ground between the molecular-genetic and whole organism aspects of biology as a subject.

    Learning Outcomes:  (a) Knowledge and understanding A1. An appreciation of the way in which cell biology relates to other aspects of biology and the natural sciences A2. An appreciation of classical techniques used in the study of cell biology and biochemistry, and role of developing genomic and proteomic approaches in cell biology A3. Knowledge of the relevance of cell metabolism and protein structure to human health and disease A4. Knowledge and use of appropriate terminology for biochemical techniques and protein structure A5. Evolution of different types of cell A6. Appreciation of key aspects of cell biology (b) Intellectual Skills. Students will be able to: B1. Distinguish between output from different methods used to study cell structure and metabolism B2. Think independently about cell biology data, evaluating different opinions B3. Understand theoretical concepts in cell biology and metabolism and relate these to specific problems / questions B4. Acquire information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions B5. Make and record accurate observations and measurements in laboratory work (c) Professional/Practical Skills. Students will be able to: C1. Carry out scientific experiments and evaluate and make use of the material so acquired C2. Write lab reports using appropriate styles, conventions, and terminology C3. Work safely in the laboratory and assess related safety issues C5. Undertake practical experimental work using appropriate equipment and instruments C6. Apply basic knowledge of practical approaches and techniques (d) Transferable/Key Skills. Students will be able to: D1. Communicate effectively in writing a laboratory report D3. Organize and manage their working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines D5. Reflect on and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses D6. Manage and manipulate numerical data from laboratory work D7. Work productively with others in group laboratory experiments

    Offering School:  Life Sciences

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