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Unit information: Advanced Cell Biology in 2022/23

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 Dr. Cory
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

MOLG22100 and BIOC20001

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


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School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

Students will study advanced topics in cell biology. 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 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.

Your learning on this unit

  • 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

How you will learn

Asynchronous lectures and synchronous discussion sessions.

How you will be assessed

Assessment for learning (formative)

Students will undertake a mock assessment exercise.:

Assessment of learning (summative)

The unit will be assessed as follows:

  • 50% a timed assessment.
  • 50% an examination.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.