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Undergraduate Course: The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis core biology course covers the dynamic nature of cells and the metabolic processes that occur in a regulated manner within cells. The lecture material is complemented by a graphics workshop, tutorials, peer feedback session, laboratory practicals and sessions that follow-up some of the practical classes.
Course description 1. To teach:
o The molecular basis of the cell┐s dynamic architecture.
o An understanding of some key molecular machines in the cell.
o The processes whereby proteins molecules are trafficked into, out of, and around
the cell.
o The molecular basis of information storage, and of its flow within and between cells. o How cells respond to the environment and behave in a multicellular context.

2. To help you develop key ┐graduate attributes┐ as follows:
You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the cell as detailed above. Your lecturers are research scientists active in the field with cutting-edge knowledge of the material they deliver. They will share their enthusiasm for understanding biology at a fundamental level.

You will gain experience of research and enquiry in the practical sessions, by tackling the assessed problem, by engaging with your tutors and demonstrators, and by reading around the topics in your lectures.

You will develop personal and intellectual autonomy that will enhance your capacity for life-long and independent learning through studying for the multiple-choice test based on the self-taught material in the Appendix of this course book, through preparing for tutorials, and through the work involved in successfully addressing question set as part of the assessed problem.

We encourage you to develop the communication skills essential for every scientist via working as pairs or groups in practical sessions or tutorials, and through participating in the discussion page on the course Learn site when you undertake the assessed problem. You will also have the opportunity to hone your writing skills when summarising the science in the assessed problem.

This course has multiple components, some running in parallel, and you will need to organise and summarise your thoughts and material in a flexible and accessible way thus helping you developing the tools needed to maximise your personal effectiveness.
In the practical sessions we will teach you modern experimental methods, the rudiments of experimental design, data recording and analysis and interpretation skills, good laboratory practice and awareness of health and safety; thus equipping you with technical and practical skills that are required by many employers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Introductory Chemistry for Biologists (CHEM07001) OR Biological Chemistry 1A (CHEM08022)) AND Biological Chemistry 1B (CHEM08023)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Quantification in the Life Sciences 1 (BILG08008) AND Molecules, Genes and Cells 1 (BILG08015)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 143 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree examination in December.
Examination 65%,
In-course assessed (ICA) components 35%
The ICA work consists of 10% for a multiple choice test, 25% for an assessed problem.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)The Dynamic Cell 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the molecular basis of the cell's dynamic architecture.
  2. An understanding of some key molecular machines in the cell.
  3. The processes whereby proteins molecules are trafficked into, out of, and around the cell.
  4. The molecular basis of information storage, and of its flow within and between cells.
  5. How cells respond to the environment and behave in a multicellular context.
Reading List
Do not buy any of these until you have looked at them and decided which, if any, is suitable for you. You should probably own at least Berg, Tymoczko and Stryer and one from each category. Make sure you get the latest edition. Nearly all these books are bundled with CDs and dedicated websites.
No textbook will include all of the material covered in lectures. It is essential you attend lectures.

Molecular/biochemical aspects:-
W.H. Elliott and D.C. Elliott Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Oxford.
T. McKee and J.R. McKee Biochemistry: the Molecular Basis of Life McGraw┐Hill.
Nelson DL and Cox MM Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry.Freeman.
J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko and L. Stryer Biochemistry Freeman. A classic - the ┐Bible of Biochemistry undergraduates┐.
C. Branden and J. Tooze Introduction to Protein Structure Garland.

Cellular aspects:-
T.D. Pollard and W.C. Earnshaw Cell Biology Saunders.
B. Alberts, et al. The Molecular Biology of the Cell Garland Science.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills To help you develop key graduate attributes as follows:
You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the cell as detailed above. Your lecturers are research scientists active in the field with cutting-edge knowledge of the material they deliver. They will share their enthusiasm for understanding biology at a fundamental level.
You will gain experience of research and enquiry in the practical sessions, by tackling the assessed problem, by engaging with your tutors and demonstrators, and by reading around the topics in your lectures.
You will develop personal and intellectual autonomy that will enhance your capacity for life-long and independent learning through studying for the multiple-choice test based on the self-taught material in the Appendix of this course book, through preparing for tutorials, and through the work involved in successfully addressing question set as part of the assessed problem.
We encourage you to develop the communication skills essential for every scientist via working as pairs or groups in practical sessions or tutorials, and through participating in the discussion page on the course Learn site when you undertake the assessed problem.
You will also have the opportunity to hone your writing skills when summarising the science in the assessed problem.
This course has multiple components, some running in parallel, and you will need to organise and summarise your thoughts and material in a flexible and accessible way thus helping you developing the tools needed to maximise your personal effectiveness.
In the practical sessions we will teach you modern experimental methods, the rudiments of experimental design, data recording and analysis and interpretation skills, good laboratory practice and awareness of health and safety; thus equipping you with technical and practical skills that are required by many employers.
Special Arrangements It is possible, upon request, for TDC students to avoid being assigned to TDC classes after 13.50 on Weds.
Note: it is NOT possible for TDC students to have any commitments between 10.00 and 13.00 on Weds.
Additional Class Delivery Information Practical W 1000-1300 or 1400-1700 alt. weeks
Tutorial (90 mins) W 1115 or 1430 some weeks only.
Peer feedback session (90 minutes) 1115 or 1430 some weeks only
Workshop (75 minutes) W 1000, 1115, 1400 or 1515 some weeks only
Follow-ups 1000-1050 alt. weeks

First lecture in Swann LT 10:00-10:50 Tuesday 22nd Sep.
KeywordsTDC2,biochemistry,molecular biology,protein structure,cell biology
Contacts
Course organiserDr Jon Marles-Wright
Tel: (0131 6)50 4786
Email: Jon.Marles-Wright@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Samuel Bishop
Tel: (0131 6)51 3404
Email: Sam.Bishop@ed.ac.uk
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