Undergraduate Course: Cells to Organisms 2 (BIME08011)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The overall aim is to show how cells work together to form functional tissues and organs and how this is important to normal functioning of organisms.
To support the theme of the new programme Year2 ¿Foundational understanding of Biomedical Sciences¿:
o Students will develop an understanding of core concepts in cell biology relevant to the understanding of multicellular organisms.
o Students will be strongly encouraged to form an integrated view of the topics presented (rather than seeing lecture blocks as standalone topics)
o The experimental basis of scientific knowledge will be emphasised (¿How do we know what we know¿)
To support the School¿s objective of enhancing the student experience and student support, the new course will
o Place clear emphasis on formative assessment
o Implement timely and useful feedback opportunities
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
ICA (35%) (composed of in-course problem 25% and an online Practical Test 10 %)
||Students will have the opportunity to do a practice practical questionnaire for online formative feedback. Feedback will then be given for the summative in-course assessment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Cells to Organisms 2||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Cells to Organisms 2||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- ¿ A sound factual understanding of how cells interact to form tissues, organs and organisms, together with an understanding of relevant concepts and principles. This will provide a solid base for further study in subsequent years.
- ¿ Competence in problem solving. Students will be introduced to key experiments to illustrate the experimental basis of scientific knowledge and to encourage an understanding of experimental design and interpretations.
- ¿ An understanding of the value of integrative approaches to understanding biological functions (e.g. combination of genetic, biochemical, cell culture, in vivo and other approaches).
Essential Cell Biology (4th edition), Alberts et al., compact version of the classic version below. Publishers: Garland Science, (2014).
Principles of Development (5th edition) Wolpert ., Publishers: OUP (2015)
More advanced: These books are most suitable for students considering further study in the areas of cell biology or developmental biology.
Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th edition), Alberts et al. Publishers: Garland, (2015).
Developmental Biology (10th edition), Scott Gilbert Publisher: Sinauer (2013)
(NB 6th edition available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9983/?term=gilbert%20developmental%20biology
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr John Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 6820
|Course secretary||Miss Mary Cummings
Tel: (0131 6)51 3094