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A34CDM Cell, Developmental and Molecular Biology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 25

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Only available to M.Sc. Stem Cell Technology students 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.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The introductory module has been specifically designed to cover the basic underlying biology required for a clear understanding of stem cell types and their function. Contact time: 148 hours (33h lectures, 18 hours tutorials, 97 hours laboratory) Private study time: 102 hours

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks4 per week1 hour
Tutorial 11 weeks1 per week1 hour 30 mins
Practical 11 weeks2 per week5 hours

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 10 Rogo MCQ exam - 50 questions in 60 minutes 
Coursework 1 25 Essay - 3,000 words 
Report 25  1 X Lab Reports - 2,000 words, 1 X Realtime PCR data analysis 
Exam 2 20 Short answer question 1 hour exam - 5 questions based on scenarios/ diagrams/ brief questions 
Exam 3 20 1 hour essay exam - Essay from choice of two 

Convenor: 
Dr A Ruzov

Education Aims:  The purpose of this module is to provide students the introduction to the basic concepts in cell, molecular and developmental biology they will require to undertake the M.Sc. in Stem Cell Technology. This introductory module is designed to bring students from diverse scientific and clinical backgrounds to an equivalent foundation level. Students with biological science degrees will have covered some aspects of this module previously but it is unlikely that they will be familiar with all aspects or with the specific focus on application to stem cells. The practical sessions within the course will introduce an appropriate level of safely working within a laboratory, provide experience of assays required in subsequent M.Sc. modules and develop experience in preparing for and writing- up experimental work.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding A student who completes this course successfully will know and understand: •Aspects of basic cell, molecular and developmental biology relevant to stem cell science •Origins and diversity of embryonic, fetal and adult stem cell types. •Principles of experimental design, research methods and critical data analysis; Good Laboratory Practice The curriculum provides 34 purpose-designed lectures to ensure appropriate coverage of the topic, with many features reinforced and further explored in the practical classes. The tutorials, assessed practical reports and essay will encourage the students to undertake private research into the relevant topics, providing further knowledge Intellectual skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: •Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to each course module. •Collate and critically analyse scientific data / arguments to enable clear and correct oral or written presentation to both lay and specialist audiences. •Debate the socio-ethical issues surrounding stem cell technologies The essay, practical reports and debate sessions will enable the students to express research findings in three different formats. Practical Skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: •Undertake risk assessments concerning molecular and cell biology procedures •Apply numeracy and calculative skills to enable experimental design and data analysis / interpretation. •Perform molecular and cell-based assays to determine cell identity and function The practical component of the curriculum is designed to provide the basis of several assay techniques required in stem cell research. The theory of these assays will be described in both the practical classes and in relevant lectures. Understanding of this theory is likely to be tested by the multiple choice and short answer exam questions, as well as in the assessed practical reports. Transferable (key) skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: •Communicate effectively both with scientific professionals and the public using a variety of formats, including technical writing, oral and poster presentations, and discussions. •Effectively time-manage, as evidenced by the ability to plan, self motivate and implement efficient modes of working. •Exploit a range of information sources to enable effective problem solving, research implementation and coherent debating. •Show an ethical attitude to research •Demonstrate information technology skills, including word processing, bibliography management and internet communication. •Demonstrate interpersonal and team-working skills, including effective listening, leadership, team building, influencing and project management skills. •Display evidence-based critical learning Students will be encouraged to practice the presentation skills learned in Module 5 within the essay, oral presentations and debate delivered within the current module. Written feedback given in the essay/ lab reports and oral feedback given in the tutorial sessions will assist in understanding of skill development.

Offering School:  Medicine


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