Module title: Cell Biology: Structure and Function

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

Module code: BMS07109
Module leader: Arthur Robinson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Arthur Robinson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of interactive lectures (LOs 1-4), tutorials & laboratory classes (LOs 1-4), will be used to cover the content of learning outcomes and to develop scientific and employability skills. Tutorial sessions involve collaborative, interactive exercises and allow students the opportunity to practise examination-type questions and to reinforce the learning taking place in the other components of the module. Laboratory classes reinforce the concepts covered in the cell biology component of the module. Questions are encouraged within all face-to-face teaching, and via Moodle. Moodle will be used to support the module as a repository of guided learning resources, in addition to providing students with a forum to interact through discussion boards. Personalised feedback is given during tutorials.

Formative assessment and appropriate feedback are incorporated throughout the module in groups in fortnightly tutorial sessions (6 x 1h), in laboratory classes, and through the use of online interactive “SCORM” self-assessment tests; these allow the students to assess their own progress and prepare them for summative assessments. Tutorial questions and feedback are designed to aid students’ individual study by helping them to identify gaps in their knowledge in advance of the 2 digital examinations and the end-of-trimester examination. The SCORM packages’ contents are closely linked to the lecture content and are released on Moodle in synchrony with the lecture course. They consist of a variety of different questions such as multiple choice, true/false and interactive (drag and drop). Examples of examination questions are provided as part of the tutorial sessions to prepare students for the summative assessments.

Summative assessment consists of two 1h online digital examinations: one in week 7 (LO1), one in week 12 (LO3), and a formal examination (2h) in week 14/15 (LOs 2 & 4). These will determine the knowledge, understanding and skills attained throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment and appropriate feedback are incorporated throughout the module in groups in fortnightly tutorial sessions (6 x 1h), in laboratory classes, and through the use of online interactive “SCORM” self-assessment tests; these allow the students to assess their own progress and prepare them for summative assessments. Tutorial questions and feedback are designed to aid students’ individual study by helping them to identify gaps in their knowledge in advance of the 2 digital examinations and the end-of-trimester examination. The SCORM packages’ contents are closely linked to the lecture content and are released on Moodle in synchrony with the lecture course. They consist of a variety of different questions such as multiple choice, true/false and interactive (drag and drop). Examples of examination questions are provided as part of the tutorial sessions to prepare students for the summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment consists of two 1h online digital examinations: one in week 7 (LO1), one in week 12 (LO3), and a formal examination (2h) in week 14/15 (LOs 2 & 4). These will determine the knowledge, understanding and skills attained throughout the module.

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 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 15 1 7 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 15 3 12 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 2 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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 and cell death. 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, cell death 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.

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