BIOU8LD: Cell Birth, Life and Death

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Tim Whalley

Prerequisites: The Animal Cell (BIOU6AC)

Module Description

The aim of this module is to provide an in depth account of the biology of stem cells, the molecular control of the cell cycle and what happens when growth control is aberrant.

Lecture topics:
1) Stem cells: what are they, what do they do and how do they do it?
2) The cell cycle; regulation by protein kinases and protein destruction; cell cycle checkpoints.
3) Aberrant cell cycle control and its consequences; cancer biology.

Module Objectives

To provide:
• Knowledge of the mechanisms controlling stem cell biology, the cell cycle and cancer
• The development of skills in Powerpoint design and public presentation

Learning Outcomes

Acquired Skills:
• Note taking and use of library and internet resources
• Presentation using Powerpoint

Delivery

Scheduled Teaching: 23 hours
Independent Study: 77 hours
Placements: 0 hours

Assessment

Coursework: 50%
Examination: 50%
Practical: 0%

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