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Module

BIO3032 : Cellular Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ethan Hack
  • Lecturer: Dr Timothy Boswell, Professor Frank Sargent
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To inform students about key cellular processes that influence cells’ ability to function and to co-ordinate their functions with other cells,under normal and stressful conditions; to identify genetic, physiological and environmental factors that influence these 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.
• Growth factors, signal transduction and cell cycle control.
• Cellular basis of biological rhythms.
• Membrane transport and responses to stress in bacteria.
• Workshop and formative data interpretation exercise.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Preparation for summative coursework assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials131:0013:00Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and other media. Includes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Completion of summative coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Completion of formative coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading116:0016:00Reading recommended articles and students' own follow-up
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities43:0012:00Preparation for workshop and module talks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0026:00Lecture material follow up: study of recordings and supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk13:003:00Discussion linked to non-synchronous lecture materials test
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The online lecture materials explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples, which are developed further through module talks, directed research and reading and independent study. Structured research and reading is needed in preparation for the on-line workshop, which provides a forum for groups of students to share their interpretations of published data relating to topics in the module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Interpretation of published research linked to the lecture materials
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MData interpretation test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative coursework assesses students’ skill in logical thought and analysis of scientific data in relation to lecture materials and additional reading. The formative data interpretation exercise, following from the workshop, helps students develop their ability to scrutinise and understand data presented in a structured form.

Reading Lists

Timetable