BIO6UAC: The Animal Cell

CO-ORDINATOR: Prof Tim Whalley



Module Description

The aim of this module is to provide an in depth account of the structure and function of animal cells, focusing on the roles of organelles in specific aspects of cellular function.  The module will also allow the development of practical skills in modern molecular biological techniques.

Learning Objectives

To provide:

  • Knowledge of the organisation and intracellular structure of animal cells
  • An understanding the control of metabolism and cellular processes
  • Practical experience in cell biological techniques
  • The development of skills in Powerpoint design and public presentation

Acquired Skills

  • Note taking and use of the library
  • Experimental design and practical skills
  • Data analysis and report and essay writing
  • Teamwork and oral presentation
  • Powerpoint presentation production


Total Study Time 200 hours
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 47 hours: lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, external visits, scheduled on-line discussions or similar
Guided Independent Study 153 hours: both directed learning undertaken in student's own time, and their own self-directed study for assessment
Placements 0 hours


A blend of practical reports, essay plans, presentations and final examination. 

Coursework 50%
Examination 50%
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