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Unit information: Advanced Cell Biology in 2014/15

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Unit name Advanced Cell Biology
Unit code BIOC30601
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Savery
Open unit status Not open

BIOC20202 and BIOC20201


Core Skills BIOC30603 The Dynamic Proteome BIOC30604 Cellular Information BIOC30602 Advanced Options in Biochemistry BIOC30600

School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will study advanced topics in cell biology through a series of 30 lectures. Material covered will include techniques used to study cell biology, the cytoskeleton and intracellular trafficking. The migration of cells and their interactions with the extracellular matrix will also be covered. The unit is be assessed by a single 3 hour examination paper.

The unit aims to develop an understanding of key concepts in current cell biology including:

  • The imaging techniques underpinning advances in cell biology
  • The cytoskeleton and how it controls intracellular trafficking
  • The generation and maintenance of cell polarity
  • Interaction of cells with the extracellular matrix and how cell migration occurs
  • Cellular homeostasis through lysosomal degradation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the advanced cell biology topics covered in the unit and an ability to keep abreast with recent developments in the field.
  • The ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature and to critically evaluate the material and appraise competing theories.
  • An understanding of the importance of cell biology to biochemistry.
  • An understanding of the experimental tools used to study cell biology

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed through one 3 hour examination in January. Students will be given a choice of essay titles and will be expected to answer 3 questions.

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.