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Unit information: Normal and Tumour Cells in 2022/23

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Unit name Normal and Tumour Cells
Unit code PANM12051
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Williams
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

Study of cell and tissue structure, cell division, membrane trafficking, and growth control. Developmental biology and differentiation. Tumour cells and an introduction to tumour immunology.

The unit introduces the basic structure of cells and tissues and covers cellular processes and differentiation, how cells interact together to form complex multicellular organisms. It provides knowledge of and some practical experience of experimental techniques used to study cell and tissue structure and function. The unit is delivered using a series of integrated lectures, tutorials and online laboratory practical sessions and online resources.

Unit aims:

To provide students with information about:

  1. the structure of cells and tissues,
  2. regulation of cell division and tumorignenesis,
  3. the mechanisms by which cells become different from each other, and how they interact together to form complex multicellular organisms,
  4. the experimental research has led to an understanding of these mechanisms,
  5. the fundamentals of developmental biology,
  6. the basics of cellular control processes.
  7. the basic principles of tumour immunity.

To teach students skills including:

  1. experience of experimental techniques for examining cell and tissue structure and function,
  2. data interpretation,
  3. written and oral presentation.

Your learning on this unit

At the end of the unit a successful student will be able to:

  1. describe the basic structure of cells and tissues,
  2. recall the fundamentals of developmental biology,
  3. describe cellular differentiation,
  4. define cellular interactions,
  5. describe cellular growth control and tumour development,
  6. list examples of how these processes relate to the development and differentiation of specific tissues,
  7. knowledge of experimental techniques for examining cell and tissue structure and function,
  8. explain the applications of these experimental techniques
  9. interpret data,
  10. present scientific information and arguments in written and oral form,
  11. undertake the further study of cellular growth control at Level 5 and 6.

How you will learn




e-learning to support laboratory practicals via eBiolabs

How you will be assessed

Oral presentation (10%)

eBiolabs pre-lab quizzes and post-lab assignments (15%)

Mid Unit Essay (15%)

Examination (January) (60%)

The exams will cover learning outcomes 1-10.

The assessment via eBiolabs will assess learning outcomes 7-10.

The essay and oral presentation will cover learning outcome 10 and any from 1-6.

Formative assessment:

For formative purposes students will receive feedback as follows:

  • The mid unit essay will be marked and a feedback session will be given by the Unit Director.
  • Electronic feedback will be provided for the pre-lab and post-lab work via eBiolabs.
  • Oral presentations will be marked and subject to verbal feedback during the tutorial and a written feedback.
  • Feedback during the laboratory practical session will be provided by staff and demonstrators.
  • A breakdown of marks for the exam will be provided and additional feedback will be provided by the Unit Director on request.


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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.