Module Catalogue

MCR8023 : Biology of Ageing- Physiological Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carole Proctor
  • Lecturer: Dr Mario Siervo, Dr Joao Passos, Dr Daryl Shanley, Professor Mary Herbert, Prof. Thomas Kirkwood, Dr Gabriele Saretzki
  • Teaching Assistant: Mrs Alison Clapp
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1.       To apply the mechanisms of ageing to the physiological processes in humans and other animals
2.       To present details of the development of theories in ageing research
3.       To inform students of the current and likely future trends in ageing research

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover:

1.       The mechanisms of ageing in stem cells
2.       Ageing of hormonal systems
3.       Ageing of extra cellular matrix
4.       Molecular nutrition and its’ role in ageing
5.       Female reproductive ageing
6.       The role of oxidative stress in ageing
7.       The future of ageing research including genetics and the use of systems biology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00E-based lectures consist of online material with asynchronous activity on the discussion board.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading761:0076:00Tutoring time will vary according to the number of students as well as their abilities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time62:0012:00E-based lectures consist of online material with asynchronous activity on the discussion board.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered by e-learning via Blackboard VLE. The curriculum will be delivered through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures and discussion boards. Students will be asked to prepare paperwork for formative and summative assessment and will submit their work for assessment via Blackboard VLE. The work for summative assessment will use the knowledge acquired, their individual feedback, notes and other sources. After submission, feedback will be given to the students electronically. The course material will provide students with current specialist knowledge from experts in the field of gerontological biology.
Critical appraisal, data interpretation and other scientific communication skills will be practised in on-line individual activities. Discussion board interaction will encourage the students to reflect on their learning. All these activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Electronically submitted 1000 words
Written exercise1M50Reflective blog electronically submitted (students expected to spend approx 1 hour per week on thinking and writing)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MThere will be self-assessment multiple choice tests submitted electronically at the end of each learning unit
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests ability to discuss the subject critically as well as application of knowledge and understanding.
The assessed blog encourages reflective practice and develops the skills necessary for research.

Reading Lists