|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||1 x 1 hour lecture per week|
|Practical||3 x 3 hour practical classes, weeks 8, 9, 11|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours theory paper||60%|
|Semester Assessment||Practical Work||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours theory paper||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||resubmission of failed or missing work or alternative||40%|
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- use the light microscope for examination of cells,
- list the differences between plant, animal and bacterial cells,
- demonstrate a knowledge of basic cell structure, cell organelles and their function.
- Explain the basics of homeostasis of the cell.
The module aims to introduce students to aspects of biology at the cellular level to prepare them for the cell biology modules they will meet in biological sciences at level 1.
Theoretical work on cell structure will be backed up by use of the light microscope to observe various cells. A comparison of different microscopic techniques for observing cells will involve a visit to the Electron Microscope Unit in IBS. The structure and function of the cell wall, plasma membrane, nucleus, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi body, lysosome, mitochondrion secretory vacuole, food vacuole, chloroplast, centriole, cilium and flagellum will be discussed. Levels of organization of cells into tissues and tissues into organs will be covered. Homeostasis of the cell including water regulation, ionic balance and the importance of surface/volume will be described.
This module is at CQFW Level 3