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BIOL2929: Cell Biology (Advanced)

Cell biology is one of the most dynamic areas of modern research. In both plants and animals, cell-to-cell communication and coordination of the cell cycle, as well as cellular division and migration, are vital for normal development of various tissues from stem cells. In this unit you will investigate, the diversity of cell types, how these different cells interact with each other, how the cell cycle is controlled, as well as studying the roles of cellular movement, differentiation and interaction in reproduction and development. In this unit, you will acquire a deep understanding of the established knowledge base and develop research skills to extend this knowledge. Discussions will incorporate recent advances in cell research including the regenerative potential of stem cells to replace damaged and diseased tissue and how the placenta can control the physiology of the mother and foetus. The laboratory training will provide you with hands on experience with key equipment and techniques. The advanced program, will provide you with an opportunity to complete an authentic research project in a specialized area of cell biology.

Code BIOL2929
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of at least 70 from (BIOL1XX3 or BIOL1XX7 or BIOL1XX8 or MBLG1XXX or MEDS1X01)
BIOL2016 or BIOL2916 orBIOL2029

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply skills developed in the operation of stereo and compound microscopes and their use in cell and tissue research
  • LO2. apply competencies in calculating the concentration of cells and chemicals in a changed volume of solute
  • LO3. develop skills in the culture of cells in vitro and the use of cell cultures for research
  • LO4. generate your own unique cell biology data, apply key cell biology research techniques to solve novel questions and create a scientific manuscript
  • LO5. understand the major pathways in intercellular and intracellular communication and signalling
  • LO6. evaluate research on the molecular machinery that allows endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus and pituitary to control cellular processes in the body of animals
  • LO7. understand the cytoskeleton and how it allows cells to function including movement and the formation of intracellular transport pathways and networks
  • LO8. describe the mechanism and control of the cell cycle at the molecular level and how the loss of these controls can lead to cancer and cancer progression
  • LO9. understand the molecular mechanisms that control apoptosis and how apoptosis is used in development
  • LO10. evaluate current research on development processes in plants and animals.