Cell Biology (C7141)
15 credits, Level 4
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.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.