Human Molecular Cell Biology (Advanced) (BCHM3972)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit of study will explore the responses of cells to changes in their environment in both health and disease. The lecture course consists of four integrated modules. The first will provide an overview of the role of signalling mechanisms in the control of human cell biology and then focus on cell surface receptors and the downstream signal transduction events that they initiate. The second will examine how cells detect and respond to pathogenic molecular patterns displayed by infectious agents and injured cells by discussing the roles of relevant cell surface receptors, cytokines and signal transduction pathways. The third and fourth will focus on the life, death and differentiation of human cells in response to intra-cellular and extra-cellular signals by discussing the eukaryotic cell cycle under normal and pathological circumstances and programmed cell death in response to abnormal extra-cellular and intra-cellular signals. In all modules emphasis will be placed on the molecular processes involved in human cell biology, how modern molecular and cell biology methods have led to our current understanding of them and the implications of them for pathologies such as cancer. The practical component is designed to complement the lecture course, providing students with experience in a wide range of techniques used in modern molecular cell biology.
The lecture component of this unit of study is the same as BCHM3072. Qualified students will attend seminars/practical classes in which more sophisticated topics in modern molecular cell biology will be covered.
Further unit of study information
Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 6-hour practical per fortnight.
One 2.5-hour exam, practical work (100%)
Alberts, B. et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science. 2008.
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
(MBLG1001 or MBLG1901) and Disctinction level in 12 credit points of (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971 or BCHM2072 or BCHM2972). For BMedSc: (BMED2401 and Disctinction level in BMED2405, and one of (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971) or (Distinction average in BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2804))
BCHM3072 or BCHM3002 or BCHM3902 or BCHM3004 or BCHM3904
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.