COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Description

Medical Cell Biology

Module titleMedical Cell Biology
Module codeCSC1008
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Yuktee Dogra ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

80

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to a variety of cell biology topics. You will learn how cells are organised, the various functions of the subcellular components, how  cells receive and respond to stimuli from the surroundings, and the various fates for cells within eukaryotes such as cell division and cell death.

The principles of cell biology discussed in this module will be illustrated with appropriate human processes and disease complications using neurobiology examples where appropriate.

To complement the theory of cell biology covered in the lectures, you will also undertake laboratory practical work where you will be introduced.

This is a core module for first year students on the BSc Neuroscience programme.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module introduces you to core concepts in medical cell biology and complements this theory with appropriate practical class sessions. The module will discuss topics including cell diversity, intracellular organelles, intra- and intercellular communication, responses to signalling from the outside of the cell, cell division and cell death.

The theory of various techniques used to study cell biology will be discussed to complement the laboratory practical class sessions.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain key techniques used to study cell biology.
  • 2. Describe the structure and function of cellular organelles.
  • 3. Describe cell-cell communication and interactions.
  • 4. Describe cell migration.
  • 5. Describe intracellular signalling processes.
  • 6. Explain cell replication and death processes.
  • 7. Understand basic microbiology and the relation to human medical conditions.
  • 8. Understand basic immunology and the relation to human medical conditions.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Describe how the basic cell biology applies to neuroscience using specific examples
  • 10. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of cell biology
  • 11. Begin to utilise simple techniques to analyse cell structure and function and analyse the experimental results

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 12. Communicate ideas effectively by written and oral means
  • 13. Begin to identify appropriate information from various relevant sources including teaching material, books and the internet
  • 14. Develop skills for independent study

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

We will cover topics including

  • Techniques in cell biology
  • Organisation and function of subcellular structures¬†
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Intercellular communication
  • Cell migration
  • Cell division
  • Control of the cell cycle
  • Cell death
  • Models for cell biology research
  • Medical microbiology
  • Cells of the immune system

These will be covered through lectures, data analysis and laboratory practical sessions.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
321180

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities20Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities12Online delivery of cells laboratory practical sessions including live and fixed cell imaging will reinforce concepts covered in lectures, emphasising the nature of scientific enquiry (4 x 3 hours)
Guided independent study70Lecture consolidation and reading
Guided independent study48Revision

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
MCQ test0.5 hr1-10, 12-14Online model answers
Laboratory-based skills4 x 1 hours1-12Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
40600

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Cell biology practical problem set40One set of problems based on practicals1-12Written plus online model answers
Online MCQ examination602 hours1-10, 12-14Mark

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Cell biology practical problem set, (One set of problems based on practicals) (40%)Cell biology practical problem set1-12August referral/deferral period
MCQ examination (60%)Online MCQ examination (2 hours)1-10, 12-14August referral/deferral period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Essential Cell Biology. 4th Edition. Garland Science.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Cells, organelles, cell cycle, dell death, migration

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

26/03/18

Last revision date

15/07/2020