Core Module Information
Module title: Cell Biology: Structure and Function

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS07109
Module leader: Fiona Kerr
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences


Description of module content:

This module covers fundamental concepts of cell organisation, structure and function in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell types. The cell biology component explores cell membranes, cell walls/envelopes, cellular organelles and their specialisations, the cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis, cell motility, cell specialisation.
The molecular component covers (in depth) the flow of genetic information: DNA replication, transcription and translation and cell signalling.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Describe the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their component parts.
LO2: Outline the role of key processes within the cell, including cell division, and the role of metabolic pathways in the normal functioning of the cell.
LO3: Describe mechanisms by which information is processed, transferred and utilised to control cellular processes with special reference to cell signalling and transport.
LO4: Describe specialised adaptations of cells, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, to their environments.
LO5: Use and apply a cell biology technique to generate and interpret data.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona Kerr
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 9
Face To Face Tutorial 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 40 1,2,5 10 , WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS07109 Cell biology: Structure and Function