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BB20024: The dynamic cell 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10005
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with the vocabulary and concepts of cell signalling and cell division; key aspects of cell biology. To provide details of how cells communicate and divide, how these processes are studied and to illustrate the importance of cell signalling, cell cycle control and mitosis, particularly in growth, development and cancer.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Explain the major methods used to study cell signalling and the cell division cycle;
* Demonstrate knowledge of major cell signalling systems, mitosis and cell cycle control;
* Identify mechanisms that are either unique or common to different signalling systems.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/FA, Information handling and retrieval T/FA, Working independently T/F.

Growth factors and the regulation of cell proliferation during mammalian growth and in cancer.
Tyrosine kinase receptors and the MAP kinase pathway.
Hormones and intracellular receptors.
G-protein coupled receptors (especially those involved in the perception of light, smell and taste), and the Ca2+ and cAMP second messenger systems.
Signalling systems that involve protein cleavage.
Cell signalling in Plants.
Regulation of the cell division cycle.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20024 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

BB20024 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 2
Department of Psychology
  • UHPS-AKB03 : BSc (hons) Psychology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.