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Course Overview

  • ability to describe using examples the structure of membrane receptors; 
  • understand the various ways in which receptor proteins transmit information from the extra-cellular environment to their intracellular site of action;
  • describe how cross-talk between different signalling pathways can be achieved; 
  • understand how signalling pathways are structured and compartmentalised within the cell; 
  • understand the scientific methods used to study receptors and signalling pathways; 
  • the role of cell signalling in health and disease

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Iain McEwan

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Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of selected aspects in Biochemistry. Main Learning Outcomes: Students will gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of key signalling molecules important for human development and health. Students will get a better understanding of the scientific process by critically engaging with primary research literature. Subject-specific knowledge will be enhanced by independent research and a tutorial. Content: The course will cover recent developments in cell signalling important for human development and health. This is complemented by tutorials that introduce other topical aspects in biochemistry.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2-hour written paper (70%) and in-course assessment (30%) consisting of a written essay style assessment.


Formative Assessment

Practice exam questions for Honours courses will be available via MyAberdeen. Whole-year exam information sessions will be delivered during the year. Problem-solving and data analysis sessions will be delivered during the year. 


In-course assessments will provide written comments and feedback. Opportunity for whole class feedback will be provided during exam information and problem solving sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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