AS4003A - Cell and Molecular Biology (for Applied Biology) (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Cell and Molecular Biology (for Applied Biology)|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2017/18||
This is a module which provides students with an understanding of basic cell structures and an awareness of different cell types and relates the structure and activities of cell components to their functions and to cellular activities as a whole. An overview of the organisation, expression, and replication of genetic information will be provided and the principles of Mendelian inheritance will be investigated. The consequences of mutation on gene expression are examined together with an introduction to techniques of gene analysis and manipulation.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualification. This module aims to expose students to some of the key questions of cell biology concerning cell structure and intracellular activities; provide students with practical experience in a range of laboratory-based biological techniques; enhance students' ability to manage themselves and to develop organisational and analytical skills which are applicable to the workplace. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.
The module covers: Cells and cell theory, the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the plasma membrane and organelles. Nucleus, cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis. Intracellular trafficking, cell communication, cellular junctions, cell adhesion and the extracellular matrix.
The cytoskeleton. The prokaryotic cell-structure/function, principles of cell membrane transport and cells and energy (mitochondria and chloroplasts).
Learning and teaching
Learning will be delivered by lectures, tutorials and practicals and through weblearn-assisted formative sessions
Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject matter through teacher led activities in the form of lectures and problem-solving tutorial sessions and laboratory-based practical exercises. Writing skills will be enhanced through the production of a seen essay on a topical issue. The ability to undertake scientific and ethical appraisal of data will be encouraged through directed reading and tutorial discussions.
Lectures will utilize a variety of sources using powerpoint presentations to link content such as animations, video documentary and lecturer led demonstrations involving students.
Tutorials will consolidate the foundation learnt in lectures but will seek to link the content to the impact of modern cell biology on medicine and agriculture in a social and cultural context in the modern day environment.
Practicals will allow students to perform a range of experiments safely, critically analyse their results and present these in an appropriate manner. These sessions will give students oppurtunity to develop and refine their critical, analytical and writing skills. Practicals will be both summative and formative. The initial formative sessions will allow students to reflect on their practical skills and their ability to critically analyse experimental results and present these in an appropriate manner.
Weblearn-assisted sessions will seek to link the module content to the impact of modern cell biology on medicine and agriculture in a social and cultural context in the modern day environment but in a wider context than covered in the lectures in an aim to encourage self-directed learning.
On successful completion of this model student will be able to:
- Relate the structure and activities of cell components to their functions and to cellular activities as a whole, and have an appreciation of how cell fractionation is used to isolate these components.
- Describe the different ways in which cells can divide and demonstrate an awareness of how genetic information is passed between generations.
- Discuss how energy is generated and utilized within a cell.
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate of 40%
The module will be assessed by means of coursework component (50% of the overall mark) and time-constrained, unseen examination consisting of short answer questions (50% of the overall mark). To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate of 40%
|Coursework (2000 words)||3|
|Online written exam (1 hour)||1,2|
Alberts B., Bray D., Lewis J., Raff M., Roberts K. and Watson J.D. (2009). Molecular Biology of the Cell, (5th edition). Garland, London, New York.
René Fester Kratz. (2009). Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies (1st edition). Wiley Publishing.
Jones A., Reed R., and Weyers, J. (2007). Practical Skills in Biology. 4th edition Prentice Hall.