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BB30232: Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • News & Views (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take BB20024 AND take BB20160
Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide a knowledge base about the fundamental aspects of adult and embryonic stem cell biology and cellular reprogramming.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the fundamental processes controlling the maintenance of the pluripotent state
* Gain knowledge relating to human embryonic stem cells, research areas and ethics
* Explain how induced pluripotent stem cells are generated
* Explain the properties of adult stem cells and the pathways controlling their differentiation
* Gain insight into the molecular and cellular processes underlying reprogramming.

Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Problem solving T/F, Study skills, handling information T/F, Written communication T/F/A, Working independently and in groups T/F.

Fundamental aspects of adult and embryonic stem cell biology and cellular reprogramming; Maintenance of self-renewal and control of differentiation; How stem cells and their progeny can be used in basic research, the development of cellular therapies and drug discovery (with examples).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB30232 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)


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