Module Identifier BS12610  
Module Title CELL BIOLOGY 1  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Aileen R Smith  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Paul Kenton, Dr Iolo Ap Gwynn, Dr Mustak A Kaderbhai, Dr Richard B Kemp  
Pre-Requisite BS10910 , Normally A or AS level Biology  
Course delivery Lecture   20 x 1hour lectures  
  Practical   3 x 3hour practicals (duplicated)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written paper Two hour written paper (67% essays, 33% MCQ)70%
Semester Exam1 Hours Practical exam One hour practical exam held in the department30%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written paper  70%
Supplementary Exam1 Hours Practical exam  30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of integrated structure and function of the generalized eukaryotic cell.

set in context the energy-utilizing machinery of the cell within the concept of it as an efficient recycling factory with organized and regulated inputs and outputs.

identify the structures of cell organelles and their chemical constitution.

discuss the functions of the various cell organelles, their intercommunication and their contribution to the overall functioning of the cell.


Topics include:
Evolution of the cell emphasizing the increasing compartmentalization.
Assimilation of chloroplasts and mitochondria as energy converters.
Generalized cell construction and the structure and function of organelles.
Generalized membrane structure and the plant cell wall synthesis, construction and function.
Transport of ions and small molecules across the plasma membrane.
Cellular import and export of macromolecules
Cell junctions and communication between cells.
Structure of the cytoskeletal constituents in relation to cellular motility and intracellular transport.
Nuclear structure and function in terms of replication of DNA and RNA synthesis.
Ribosome assembly and function in translation.
The Golgi apparatus and its role in protein targeting.
Lysosome structure and function in relation to recycling.
Social behaviour of cells and multicellualrity.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Practical classes will provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills.  
Communication Attendance at lectures, presentation of practical work and written examinations will provide opportunities to develop written and listening skills.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Attendance at lectures and practicals, working to deadlines for practicals and preparation for examinations will require the development of self management strategies and personal action plans.  
Team work Practicals will require some degree of teamwork.  
Application of Number The practical classes will provide opportunity to develop numerical skills.  
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to cell biology will be developed.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
Alberts, B., Johnson, B., Lewis, A.J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter, P. (2002) Molecular biology of the cell. 4. Garland Science Pupl., New York.
** Recommended Text
Becker, NH, Kleinsmith, LJ, Hordin, J. (2006) The World of the Cell 6th. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco

Web Page/Sites


This module is at CQFW Level 4