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Unit information: Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 2021/22

Unit name Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Unit code PANM22042
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Bronwen Burton
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The cellular and molecular basis of the most important types of disease that are not directly related to infectious microorganisms.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe examples of human genetic diseases,
  2. discuss genetic testing,
  3. explain the causes, mechanisms and prevention of cancer,
  4. discuss transplantation and HLA,
  5. compare different types of hypersensitivity reaction,
  6. discuss examples of autoimmune disease and HLA associated diseases,
  7. describe molecular and cytogentic experimental techniques,
  8. interpret data and solve problems,
  9. present scientific information and complex arguments in written and oral form,
  10. undertake the further study of genetics, cancer and immunopathology at Level 6.

Teaching Information

Online delivery of Lectures and exercises


Practicals and/or online paracticals supported by eBiolabs

Assessment Information

Summative assessment:

Oral presentation (10%)

eBiolabs pre-lab quizzes and post-lab assignments, and laboratory write-ups (10%)

Mid-unit essay (20%)

Examination (summer) (60%)

The exams will cover learning outcomes 1-9.

The laboratory write-ups will assess learning outcomes 7-9.

The essay and oral presentation will cover learning outcome 9 and any from 1-6.

Formative assessment:

For formative purposes students will receive feedback as follows:

  • The essay will be marked and returned with written feedback.
  • Electronic feedback will be provided for the pre-lab and post-lab work via eBiolabs.
  • Laboratory write-ups will be marked and returned.
  • Oral presentations will be marked and subject to verbal feedback during the tutorial and a written feedback sheet provided.
  • Feedback during practical classes will be provided by staff and demonstrators.
  • Unit assessment marks will be provided and additional feedback will be provided in a session with the Unit Director.
  • A breakdown of marks for the summer exams 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.

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