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CMB2002 : Cell and Molecular Biosciences

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The Aims are that students:
• To develop knowledge and understanding of some of the most important means by which animal and bacterial cells sense and respond to their environment and how they communicate with each other, including the cellular and molecular mechanisms used to interpret the signals they receive.
• To understand the role of cell signalling in human disease.
• To understand the concept of a stem cell.
• To understand the mechanisms whereby cell numbers in the body are regulated including increases by cell division and decreases by apoptosis.
• To develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which eukaryotes regulate gene expression.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module presents two topics central to our understanding of life processes: cell signalling and regulation of gene expression.

The cell signalling topic describes how both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells communicate with each other by the means of chemical 'signals'. In additional it discusses the receptors in the cell surface that these chemicals bind to and the cascade of reactions that employ intracellular messengers, that are initiated after the chemical interacts with the receptor.

The regulation of gene expression strand describes the mechanisms that control gene expression.

The lectures will introduce the basics of gene structure and transcription in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; the role of chromatins, promoters, polymerases, operons, transcription factors and the regulation of their interaction with DNA.In addition they will describe how regulation of mRNA stability and translation can contribute to control of gene expression.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Class Tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1671:00167:00Private study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to impart information in a concise manner, to highlight areas of importance and to interrelate with directed reading and self-directed study. The seminars are used for developing skills of data interpretation, problem-solving and information retrieval. Private study is used for self-directed learning including further reading and preparation for examinations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70EMI
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Timed Essay
Written exercise1M5Data Interpretation
Prob solv exercises1M5EMI
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests knowledge and understanding.
The in course assessments are both formative and summative. The in-course EMI tests knowledge and understanding and provides students with information about their progress. The data interpretation tests the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to solve problems. The timed essay tests knowledge, the ability to retrieve information and use the knowledge and information to formulate scientific ideas and arguments and aims to prepare students for essay-based examinations.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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