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Postgraduate Course: Cell Communication (BIME11044)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryCommunication within and between cells is of fundamental importance for understanding the basics of cell biology and how cells work together in tissues and organs to co-ordinate physiological function. The integrated approach of this theme will consider normal intra- and inter-cellular communication and its regulation, communication between excitable / secretory cells including interactions at higher levels e.g. co-ordination of neural activity, networks and their control by genetic, hormonal and other factors. The role that changes to normal cell communication plays in diseases/disorders of physiological function leading to clinical problems will also be considered. Our aim is to give a sound introduction to recent advances and excite students into this fundamental aspect of cell behaviour. There will normally be 4 hours 'teaching' each week run by an eminent scientist. These sessions will compromise lectures, student-led seminars based on presentations and interactive discussion of cutting-edge research literature with peers and tutors, Research Seminars, workshops and practicals.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 19, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Other Study Hours 13, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 713 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 20 week maxi project write-up (maximum 10,000 words) = 100%.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The taught element will cover a range of current research areas in Cell Communication within the School of Biomedical Sciences, and discuss and analyse research papers to stimulate the development of critical thinking.
  2. The projects linked to this theme will provide practical laboratory experience and training in a range of current important techniques in molecular, cell and systems biology as they relate to cell communication.
  3. The projects will also introduce and develop students' skills associated with research with fundamental skills of value to all research scientists including analysis and presentation of experimental results.
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KeywordsCell Comm
Course organiserDr Andrew Hall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3263
Course secretaryMiss Sara-Louise Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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