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BB10006: Cell & molecular biology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: After taking this unit you must take BB10005
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the structure and function of nucleic acids; To introduce the concepts and methodology of genetic modification; To introduce the processes of animal and plant development; To introduce the safe handling and uses of radiochemicals in the biosciences.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* explain how the structure of nucleic acid determines their biological function;
* explain the techniques of genetic modification for studying and manipulating organisms, especially micro-organisms, for fundamental and applied science;
* describe the role changing patterns of gene expression play in modulating development during animal embryogeny;
* describe the methods for safe handling of radiochemicals and their uses in the Biosciences.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F, Laboratory skills T/F, Career preparation T/F.

The structure and function of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) in relation to organisms, genes, gene expression and protein synthesis. How organisms, genes and gene expression can be altered and studied via the technology of genetic modification. How the changing patterns of gene expression in cells and tissues can lead to the development of an egg into an animal, using examples from Xenopus, Drosophila and mouse. Practical skills: Basic quantitative laboratory skills; radiochemical handling.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10006 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Biology (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 1)

BB10006 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 1)
Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.