Module Catalogue 2015/16

BIO3032 : Cell Biology 3

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ethan Hack
  • Owning School: Biology
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

BIO2016 or equivalent recommended.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To inform students of major genetic and environmental factors that influence cell survival, proliferation, damage, and death; to describe and explain underlying cell biological processes; to enhance students’ ability to understand and evaluate evidence underlying descriptions of cellular processes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction: normal and abnormal growth and development.
How cells respond to stress; osmotic and oxidative stress as examples.
Growth factors, signal transduction and cell cycle control.
Programmed cell death.
Cellular basis of biological rhythms.
In-class test: data interpretation exercise.
Workshop on interpreting selected primary literature.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students should have increased their appreciation of the processes and principles determining cell proliferation, differentiation, survival and death, through knowledge and understanding of selected specific examples of responses to stress and of how both growth and programmed cell death are co-ordinated. They should be able to interpret and evaluate published data, from a variety of methodologies, underlying descriptions of cellular processes.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Improved ability to interpret data and scientific literature.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Negotiation : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:102:10End of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:309:30Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Report on papers studied in workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00In-class data interpretation test
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Study of recommended references
Guided Independent StudySkills practice12:002:00Preparation for data interpretation test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Group study of primary literature
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:2045:20Includes background reading and lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study12:002:00Preparation for workshop
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples. The final lecture is a review session. The in-class test provides an opportunity for students to practise interpretation of structured data; the seminar is a workshop that provides a forum for groups of students to share their interpretations of papers relating to important topics in the module. Private study is necessary for students to absorb information presented in lectures, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through reading supporting references, to prepare for the data interpretation test and prepare for and write a report on the seminar.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1302A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M15Analysis of a set of papers studied in the workshop
Written exercise2M10Data interpretation test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses students’ skill in logical thought and analysis of scientific data and knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The data interpretation test helps students develop their ability to scrutinise and understand data presented in a structured form. The analysis of a set of papers assesses students’ ability to use insights developed by working together to understand and evaluate in depth information presented in scientific papers.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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