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The subject introduces students to the molecular and cellular aspects of biological systems, with particular emphasis on human biology. The subject is arranged for students to develop an understanding of the molecular aspects of biology at the biomolecular, sub-cellular and cellular level, leading to systems biology at an organismal level. This includes an understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of infections and host cell responses. The subject is multi-disciplinary being co-taught by staff in the departments of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology & immunology, and Pathology. There is particular emphasis on integration of these disciplines, with students receiving both theoretical and practical knowledge of fundamental research and development at the frontiers of these areas.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Integrate and apply key concepts in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology and immunology to describe normal functions in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Integrate and apply knowledge of the basic principles of pathology to clinically relevant case studies.
- Apply knowledge of the molecular and cellular basis of infection, immunity and pathology to explain pathological changes to cells and tissues.
- Collaboratively apply knowledge in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, immunology and pathology to explain and communicate scientific observations.
- Collaboratively interpret and analyse scientific and experimental data relating to normal functions and pathological changes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- The ability to communicate scientific knowledge in oral and written format
- Collaborative learning skills in practicals and computer-aided workshops
- Collaborative learning skills to complete assessment tasks
- Skills in interpretation and critical analysis of scientific data
- Capacity to integrate and apply knowledge across disciplines
- The ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer.
Last updated: 13 November 2023