BIOU1CB: An Introduction to Cell Biology

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Tim Whalley

Aims and Objectives

The course provides a background in the basic cell biology that is essential for subsequent biology courses. The programme is designed to accommodate those with no background as well as providing new information and stimulation for those who already have H/A/CSYS qualifications.

Problems: Any problems or questions concerned with the course should be addressed in the first instance to course administrator at the undergraduate student reception area (Room 4U2) (Phone 01786 467840 or email lm5@stir.ac.uk).

Course Information: Information concerned with the course, such as test results and answers etc, will be posted on Succeed. Information updates will be emailed to your university email address or displayed on Succeed.

The Course

  1. Lectures: The course consists of 24 lectures plus 3 revision sessions, a reading exercise and a written assignment
  2. Assessment: Is based on 3 tests contributing 25%, 30% and 35% of the final grade and the assignment 10% 

Lecture structure

The course is divided into 3 sections:

  • Topic A (7 lectures) Basic cell theory. Examined Test 1
  • Topic B (8  lectures and reading exercise) Macromolecules and the genetic code. Examined Test 2
  • Topic C  (9 lectures) The role of organelles and membranes. Mitochondria, the cytoskeleton, plant cells, bacteria, viruses.

Examined Test 3in exam period

Detailed Lecture Programme

Title

Assessed

Introduction to BIOU1CB*

 

Introduction to the cell *

Test 1

Tour of the cell

Test 1

The nucleus* Test 1

Endomembranes 1

Test 1

Endomembranes 2

Test 1

The cytoskeleton

Test 1

Multicellular organisation

Test 1

Proteins and disease*

Test 2

Revision seminar test 1*

Test 1

Enzymes and their applications

Test 2

TEST  1*

Nature of Genetic Material

Test 2

Replication of Genes*

Test 2

Genetic code 1

Test 2

Genetic code 2

Test 2

Nucleus & Eukaryotic genomes

Test 2

DNA technology and genomics

Test 2

Revision seminar*

Test 2

Structure of membranes*

Test 3

TEST  2*

 

Membrane function

Test 3

Mitochondria

Test 3

Plastids

Test 3

Prokaryotes and endosymbionts *

Test 3

Viruses

Test 3

Cell signalling 1

Test 3

Cell signalling 2

Test 3

The cell cycle *

Test 3

Revision seminar test 3*

Test 3

TEST 3 *  
  • Some lectures and revision sessions are prescribed (compulsory) and a register will be taken (starred on list above). You must provide a satisfactory explanation of your absence from them
  • Sets of lecture notes with past exam questions are provided

Assignment 

You will be allocated an assignment during Topic 1 lectures. This will require you to research the subject using textbooks, scientific journals and the web. A concise one side written report (A4, 1.5 line spacing, font 12 and may include diagrams) will be submitted.

Course Text Book

  • Campbell, N.A., Reece, J.B.. (2008) Biology (Eigth Edition)
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