Postgraduate Course: Cell Communication (BIME11044)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Communication 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Other Study Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 20 week maxi project write-up (maximum 10,000 words) = 100%.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Hall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3263
|Course secretary||Miss Sara-Louise Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997