Life Sciences

Cell Biology

Module code: C7141
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Tutorial *, Laboratory, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

In this module, you cover the fundamentals of cell structure and function.

You begin with a comparison of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells, and then proceed with a systematic dissection of a eucaryotic cell - attending lectures on:

  • the nucleus
  • membrane architecture and permeability
  • the secretory apparatus
  • origin and function of mitochondria and chloroplasts and their role in metabolism
  • the cytoskeleton
  • the cell cycle
  • the extracellular matrix and cell adhesion.

Emphasis is placed on the role of key proteins in regulating specific cellular functions and on experimental techniques used to study cellular processes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify key structures in procaryotic and eucaryotic cells
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of organelles in cells and the biological processes to which they contribute
  • Demonstrate understanding of the regulation of basic cellular processes
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of a variety of basic laboratory techniques used in Cell Biology and gather, process and critically analyse experimental data