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The subject builds on the basic cell biology concepts introduced in first year biology and develops students’ understanding of the processes that regulate the structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Using examples from plant and animal cells, the subject will outline the cellular structures and molecular processes that are fundamental for regulating cell function in multicellular organisms. It will also explore the external signals (physical, molecular, electrochemical) that can lead to changes in cell behaviour, gene expression, protein synthesis or cell replication.
Intended learning outcomes
In completing this subject, students should:
- Develop a broad understanding of the structure of eukaryotic cells (plant and animal) and the compartments where various cellular activities occur.
- Identify the range of cellular activities that are especially relevant to multicellular organisation.
- Understand how external signals can lead to changes in gene expression and protein synthesis in cells.
- Understand how electrical properties of cells are harnessed for electrochemical signalling.
On completion of this subject, students should have:
- Developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
- The capacity to integrate knowledge from disparate sources.
- Developed collaborative learning skills in practical class groups.
- Developed skills in observation and interpretation.
Last updated: 5 August 2020