|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
BIO2016 or equivalent recommended.
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.
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.
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.
Improved ability to interpret data and scientific literature.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||19||1:00||19:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:10||2:10||End of semester examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||19||0:30||9:30||Exam revision|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||1:00||15:00||Report on papers studied in workshop|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||1:00||1:00||In-class data interpretation test|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||2:00||2:00||Study of recommended references|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||2:00||2:00||Preparation for data interpretation test|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||2:00||2:00||Group study of primary literature|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||45:20||45:20||Includes background reading and lecture follow-up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||2:00||2:00||Preparation for workshop|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||130||2||A||75||Compulsory data interpretation question, 2 essays from 4 (time includes 10 minutes reading prior to start of exam)|
|Written exercise||2||M||15||Analysis of a set of papers studied in the workshop|
|Written exercise||2||M||10||Data interpretation test|
The exam consists of 1 compulsory question that assesses students’ skill in logical thought and analysis of scientific data and 2 essay questions (chosen from 4) that assess knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The data interpretation test (in teaching week 6) helps students develop their ability to scrutinise and understand data presented in a structured form. The analysis of a set of papers (seminar in week 9, report deadline week 11) assesses students’ ability to use insights developed by working together to understand and evaluate in depth information presented in scientific papers.
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