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SM1501: THE CELL (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

  • cells are the fundamental unit of life – without them life could not exist, and as such understanding how they function is crucial to our understanding of biology and medical science;
  • this course provides theoretical knowledge in a diverse range of topics covering the fascinating world of cells, from molecules like DNA, to how different cell types function within our bodies;
  • all practical classes are research based and will provide theoretical knowledge and skills training in many areas of molecular and cell biology;
  • employability skills will also be explored through a highly interactive session run by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr John Barrow

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course explores cells as the basic unit of life. All organisms are composed of cells whether they exist as single-celled microbes, or multi-cellular organisms, as in plants and animals. The course starts by discussing how cells evolved, illustrating the diversity of cells types while also showing how cells are all "variations on a theme". As the course progresses the structure and function of the cell is explored and the fundamental molecular concepts of life are introduced. Later in the course the focus will be on how cells are able to come together to form multi-cellular organisms such as animals and plants. This multi-cellularity requires cells to stick together and to communicate with each other. The course also explores how cells grow and divide and how some cells can differentiate to allow specialised functions. The last few lectures illustrate some of the exciting cell biology studies being carried out in the University of Aberdeen, ranging from fungal and parasite biology through to research into bone disease and cancer.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students are given general feedback on performance during revision sessions. Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests and quizzes.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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5x laboratory reports, 5x MCQ tests

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Feedback

Students are given general feedback on performance during revision sessions. Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests and quizzes.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resubmission of failed elements

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberUnderstand the cellular nature of living organisms and the role of cells in multicellular organisms
FactualRememberKnow the major differences between prokaryotic an eukaryotic cells
FactualUnderstandExplain the functions of the major cell organelles and their structural elements
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the fundamental role of DNA in cells
FactualUnderstandBe able to explain key metabolic pathways in cells
ConceptualUnderstandAppreciate that cell biology is at the centre of modern medical science

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