Core Module Information
Module title: Molecular Biology of the cell

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09112
Module leader: Samantha Donnellan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Appropriate background knowledge at level 8 of biochemistry, genetics, physiology of disease, cell biology and comparative physiology

Description of module content:

This module will build upon concepts and knowledge gained in your 1st and 2nd year modules to discuss the internal organisation of the cell and how it responds to intracellular and extracellular cues.

There will be 4 main overarching topics covered in this module: membrane function and receptors, cell signalling cascades, protein biochemistry, cellular structures and compartments.

In particular you will study membrane function; receptor based communication and their signalling networks; the importance of protein interactions and post-translational modifications in cell signalling pathways; their impact on protein function, targeting and turnover. These will be discussed in the context of the relevant cellular compartments and structures.

The course will discuss these concepts and mechanisms through major cellular processes such as cell division and cell death.

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and workshops. You will also undertake practical activities in the laboratory and will be assessed on your ability to plan and execute these experiments and interpret and present the data you obtain. Within the workshops and tutorials, group work and face-to-face activities will be undertaken, to help you understand these cellular processes.

A substantial amount of time has been set aside for self-directed study to reflect the fast moving pace of this field and the need to consult the literature, to prepare for tutorials, workshops and practical classes. Group work and team study is encouraged.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Draw on a range of sources to formulate a plan to solve a practical research question
LO2: Develop analytical and experimental laboratory skills in molecular cellular biology
LO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate experimentally derived data and demonstrate scientific writing skills through laboratory reports
LO4: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of cellular signalling mechanisms using specific examples
LO5: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of cellular compartments and post-translational regulation and their importance in regulating protein structure, function, turnover and trafficking
LO6: Apply knowledge of cell signalling and protein biochemistry to multi-layered cellular processes such as cell division and death

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Donnellan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of interactive lectures, tutorials, workshops and experimental work in groups will be used to develop scientific, practical and problem solving skills.

Lectures will outline the core concepts of the module. To ensure that every learner is as active as possible, lectures contain collaborative, interactive exercises and suggestions for further study. Questions are encouraged within face-to-face teaching.

Tutorials and workshops will facilitate deeper discussion and learning of specific aspects of the course and will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the topic. Workshops will assist with the data analysis for your assessment(s). These will also enable you to interact with your peers.

Practical classes will allow you to develop research and problem solving capabilities in solving a biological problem. Through analysis, interpretation and presentation of the data you will also develop key scientific literacy and communication skills.

Personalised feedback will be given on the written components of both assessments.

Moodle will be used to support the module by providing a repository of guided learning resources and activities for formative assessment.

The following employability skills will be developed through this module: communication and teamwork, planning and organisation, information and digital literacy, practical biological skills and written communication.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment of your progress is provided through online learning tools and quizzes on Moodle. Quizzes will be provided via Moodle as well as additional reading and resources. Within the laboratory sessions, you will be provided feedback on your laboratory skills as well as formative feedback on the Protocol activity: a group activity to assist with your Lab Report. Formative feedforward will be provided by tutors to you for the planning aspect of your coursework and within your Workshops.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment of your learning will include a lab report based on the planning, execution and interpretation of activities within the practical laboratory sessions and will cover LOs 1-3 (Component 1: Lab report worth 40%). Summative assessment will also include an Infographic at the end of term used to test the knowledge, understanding and skills attained in cell signalling (LOs 4- 6) (Component 2: Infographic worth 60%).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12.5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours199
Expected Total Study Hours for Module199

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 40 1,2 & 3 9 , WORDS= 0
Project - Written 60 4, 5 & 6 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09112 Molecular Biology of the Cell