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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 be better able to:
- describe in detail the structure and function of eukaryotic cells (animal and plant), identifying cellular compartments where various cellular activities occur;
- apply knowledge of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells to describe the range of cellular activities that are especially relevant to multicellular organisms;
- explain how external signals can lead to changes in gene expression and protein synthesis;
- explain how cells communicate, including through the use of electrochemical signals.
On completion of this subject, students should be better able to:
- demonstrate skills in observation, data interpretation and reporting;
- apply analytical and problem-solving skills;
- analyse and integrate knowledge from various sources;
- demonstrate collaborative learning skills.
Last updated: 5 August 2020