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Module

CMB1004 : Cell Biology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michele Sweeney
  • Lecturer: Dr Lindi Chen, Dr David Kennedy, Dr Harley Stevenson-Cocks, Professor Robert Hirt, Dr Seamus Holden, Dr Tim Cheek
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

This module aims to:

•       introduce students to the fundamental principles of cell biology and biodiversity
•       explore the biophysical chemistry of living systems, including the roles of cell membranes
•       consider the specialised function of specific cell types and communication within and between cells

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

Biodiversity: the place and relationship that humans have in and with life on Earth.

Cells: basic eukaryotic cell structure; function of membrane proteins; intracellular sorting and transport; cytoskeleton and cell movement; cell growth and division.

Transport: The mammalian cell and its environment; types of membrane transport.

Excitable Cells: membrane potentials; the action potential; signal transmission at the neuromuscular junction; muscle contraction; functional neural pathways. Biophysics: life based in water; reactions in water; life and growth is limited by resource; acids and bases; chemical energy and electrical energy.

Cell Signaling: general principles of cell communication; signalling through cell surface receptors; regulation of signalling pathways.

Endocrinology: introduction to endocrinology; the hypothalamus and pituitary; the thyroid gland and control of metabolism; the adrenal glands and gonads.

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 materials261:0026:00non-synchronous online lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative assessment. Online MCQ via Canvas.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminars. PIP for one-third of cohort for each seminar. Synchronous online for remaining students.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1117:00117:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00synchronous online
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Module talks and lecture materials will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.

2. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.

3. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

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
PC Examination901M100Online timed computer based exam (remote) MCQ/Quiz format (expected completion time 90 minutes).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline timed computer based exam (remote) timed MCQ/Quiz, mid-semester via Canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of module examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative assessment will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of the end of module exam.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable