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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce students from a range of different backgrounds to biological cells, their component parts and the molecules that make up those parts. To ensure the students understand the basic molecular mechanisms in cells. Enable students to use molecular biology techniques to produce, purify and analyse molecules in cells.

Principal learning outcomes

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Introduction to cell structure for eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Introduction to biomolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, small molecules and their structures. Protein N-terminal sequencing and DNA sequencing methods. Cellular and extracellular environments of molecules. Intermolecular assemblies in cells. Molecular mechanisms of communication in cells. KEY SKILLS: Able to use web data bases and literature of biomolecule structure. Ability to write reports on practicals undertaken. Able to present the results of research to the class. Ability to coordinate an experiment in a small team. COGNITIVE SKILLS: The key challenge for this module is for physical scientists to be able to understand the vocabulary and thought processes of biological scientists. Students will also establish basic bio-sample handling skills and will learn how to plan an experiment and revise it as it progresses. SUBJECT SPECIFIC/PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: Able to implement: Communication with biologists, biological sample preparation and purification, find any available literature or data base information, scientific report writing, learn how to undertake laboratory work.

Timetabled teaching activities

"Lectures for the module 15 hours; Seminars for the module 5 hours; Tutorials for the module 8 hours Laboratory sessions 10 hours; Total contact hours 38 hours; Module duration (weeks, if applicable) 5 weeks Other (please describe): e.g. distance-learning, intensive weekend teaching. All aspects will be supported by additional resource-based learning programmes and students own study (62 hours); Development and assessment of transferrable skills (20 hours) [12 CATS version only]"

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH920-10)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
12 CATS (Module code: CH920-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

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