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Module

BMS2002 : Cell Biology and Disease

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Levasseur
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Day, Dr Damian Parry, Dr Christopher Eggett, Dr Andrew Knight
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Through this module the student will gain greater understanding of aspects of Cell Biology focusing on post-translational events and how cellular events lead to normal tissue function or disease development. Lectures, small groups and practical work will be used to develop a greater understanding of how the mechanisms within individual cells and between cells impact on tissues and therefore the organism. The module will employ a case study approach looking at the impact of mechanistic dysfunction on various conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students will study the following cellular processes:
•       Proteins: post-translational processing and trafficking,
•       Membrane transport and ion channels,
•       Extracellular matrix,
•       Cell Signalling,
•       Cell cycle.
Disease case studies will be used to illustrate the effect of dysfunction in each of these processes.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Teaching Materials, Lct 01-17 and Lct 23-24. Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Students present posters in powerpoint to the group, supported by peer assessment - Synch online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:301:30Lab-based practical - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Groups to consider structure & content of a scientific paper for familiarity of published literature
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminars. S01 & S05 - PIP S02-04 - Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1168:30168:30Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk51:005:00Teaching Lcts 18-22 - Synchronous online later in the course
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous online teaching materials will be used to provide new detailed information and illustrate the significance of normal and abnormal mechanisms using examples of common diseases (LO K1-3).

A case study approach will be used in seminars to enable students to discuss and gain a deeper understanding of the lecture material (LO K4, S2).

A laboratory-based practical will enhance the students competence in the laboratory and generate a suitable set of data that can be used for assessment purposes (LO S3)

Before and following the practical, two of the seminars will be used to introduce the students to academic posters and then form peer support groups to discuss poster design and their construction to help prepare the student for the assessment.

Students will be expected to use independent study time to read around the subject to gain a greater understanding of the topic (LO S1).

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A43Online 24 hour take home essay paper - 1 question from a choice of 2
PC Examination601A42Online timed (60 mins) computer based exam (remote) MCQ/Quiz via Canvas
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15The students will construct an academic poster based on the practical they carry out in the module, equivalent word count
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There will be two assessments - a practical report and an exam.

Exam
The exams will have 85% weighting which will assess the students' knowledge and understanding. It will be made up of an MCQ and an essay question (one essay from a choice of two).

Practical Report
For the practical report (15%) the students will construct an academic poster to present the methodologies, findings and data analysis of the practical carried out

Reading Lists

Timetable