Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
23 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C200 Human Biology,
BSC C201 Human Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year)
The study of cells is at the centre of modern biology. We will review the roles of the major types of filament structures of the cytoskeleton involved in cellular and subcellular movements and in the determination of cell shape. An important topic in this course will be how cells communicate, i.e. by direct cell-cell interaction and by cell-cell signalling via small molecules and via peptides and proteins. The cytoplasmic signal transduction pathways in animal cells will be discussed.
The regulation of cell reproduction and cell death is critical for the normal development of multicellular organisms and for tissue maintenance in the adult. Deregulation of these processes ultimately leads to cancer.
In this course we aim to integrate the molecular aspects of the control of cellular processes with the structural and dynamic aspects of cell organisation.
This course is designed to provide a core of knowledge central to an understanding of modern cell biology.
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. explain how structure and function are interrelated in the nucleus, in the cytoplasm and in cell membranes;
2. describe the molecular composition of the cytoskeleton and cell junctions and show how they influence cell shape, cell movement and cell-cell interactions;
3. describe how cells integrate endogenous controls and signals from the environment to regulate cell growth and proliferation and cell death in normal and pathological conditions;
4. demonstrate competence in (a) the analysis and interpretation of data and (b) written and verbal communication of experimental results.
No additional information available.
20 x 1 hour lectures, plus 1 revision class before summer exam; 2 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent
- Harvey F. Lodish. (2016) Molecular cell biology, New York, NY: Freeman W.H.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Greg Brooke
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Dr Clive Butler
The University of Exeter
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry
Available via Moodle
Of 78 hours, 21 (26.9%) hours available to students:
57 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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