Cell Biology (BIOL2016)


This unit of study focuses on contemporary principles in cell biology and development in plants and animals, with emphasis on cellular functions and a focus on the molecular perspective, fundamental to understanding biological organisms. Topics include cancer and control of cell division and migration, pre-programmed cell death, molecular signalling and transport systems, cellular endocrinology and embryonic development. The practical component provides students with hands-on training in key research techniques using modern equipment. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 4-hour practical per week.


One 3-hour theory exam, 1 project assignment, 1 practical report (100%).


Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P. 2007. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th Edition. Garland Science.

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Unit of study rules


[12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)], or [6cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX) and 6cp from CHEM1XXX)] 



Additional Information

This unit is not available to students in BMedSc.

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