Last modified: 02 Mar 2022 16:25
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Tests 5 x 8%
MCQ Test 60%
Alternative Resit Assessment
Resit online test covering lecture material
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Factual||Remember||Understand the cellular nature of living organisms and the role of cells in multicellular organisms|
|Conceptual||Understand||Appreciate that cell biology is at the centre of modern medical science|
|Factual||Understand||Explain the functions of the major cell organelles and their structural elements|
|Factual||Understand||Be able to explain key metabolic pathways in cells|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand the fundamental role of DNA in cells|
|Factual||Remember||Know the major differences between prokaryotic an eukaryotic cells|