Module Identifier BS13510  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Aileen R Smith  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Paul Kenton, Dr Iolo Ap Gwynn, Dr Mustak A Kaderbhai  
Pre-Requisite Normally A or AS level Biology  
Co-Requisite BS12910 - Biochemistry of Life  
Course delivery Lecture   18 x 1hour lectures  
  Practical   2 x 3 hour practicals (duplicated)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written paper (MCQs 35%: Short Answers 35%)  70%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written paper  70%
Semester Assessment1 Hours practical exam held in the department (20%); peer assessment of practical activity (10%)30%
Supplementary Assessment1 Hours Practical exam re-take of failed practical exam or alternative (as determined by the exam board).30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


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 multicellularity.

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. Students will also engage in peer assessment of data interpretation.  
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

** Recommended Text
Campbell, N. and Reece, J. (2005) Biology 7th. Benjamin Cummings Publishers
** Reference Text
Alberts, B., Johnson, B., Lewis, A.J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter, P. (2002) Molecular biology of the cell. Garland Science Pupl., New York
Becker, NH, Kleinsmith, LJ, Hordin, J. (2006) The World of the Cell Benjamin Cummings Publishers


This module is at CQFW Level 4