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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this course covers many of the core concepts which form the foundations for advanced study in Biomedical and related sciences;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in-depth and focussed knowledge of cell function and cell signalling delivered in a research-driven environment in preparation for advanced study of similar material in the honours year; 
  • you will research a topic of choice and prepare a scientific review in a similar fashion to academic staff; 
  • problem solving exercises designed to illustrate the application of your knowledge in the wider world and advanced laboratory techniques are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Steve Tucker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BM3006 Molecules, Membranes and Cells (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover basic principles that are common to cell physiology, pharmacology and molecular and cell biology to encourage thinking across disciplines. To include receptors, agonists and antagonists, signalling and transduction mechanisms, voltage-gated and ligand-gated channels, synaptic transmission, and action potential physiology. It covers membrane biophysics and the properties of ion channels and gap junctions in addition to ion and non-electrolyte transport pathways. 12 week course, Thread I.

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 3-hour written examination paper (70%)
  • Problem solving exercise (7.5%)
  • Practical and report (10%)
  • Mock exam essay (5%)
  • Scientific review (7.5%)


  • One 3-hour written examination paper (70%)
  • Continuous assessment (30%)

Formative Assessment

  • Practice exam essay allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance.
  • Problem-solving feedback sessions.
  • Tutorials and workshops in preparation for assessed lab work.


  • All continuous assessment will be marked with written comments and/ or model answers provided.
  • Course material will be discussed on a one-to-one basis during workshop sessions.
  • Revision sessions will be organised as appropriate
  • Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the online quiz.

Course Learning Outcomes


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