BIO3032 : Cellular Systems

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To inform students about key cellular processes that influence cells’ ability to function and to co-ordinate their functions with other cells, in particular how and why cells recognise and respond to stress, change their growth rate, measure time, and regulate intracellular ion concentrations; 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; ion channels and their regulation.
• Workshop and in-class test: data interpretation exercise.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:306:30Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00The final lecture is a revision lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00In-class data interpretation test
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0026:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudySkills practice17:307:30Preparation for data interpretation test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Group workshop on data preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study133:0039:00Study of relevant scientific literature
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study12:002:00Preparation for workshop
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples. The workshop provides a forum for groups of students to share their interpretations of published data relating to topics in the module. The in-class test provides an opportunity for students to practise interpretation of structured data. Guided independent study is necessary for students to absorb and evaluate information presented in lectures, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through study of supporting references, and to prepare for the data interpretation test.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Data interpretation test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses students’ skill in logical thought and analysis of scientific data and their knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The data interpretation test helps students develop their ability to scrutinise and understand data presented in a structured form.

Reading Lists