Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 (IBMS08001)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will focus on delivering core material to support the development of a foundational cellular and molecular knowledge. Cells are the basic units of life and this course introduces and investigates what we know about their structure, function and behaviour and how they form the fundamental basis of life. The course will integrate with Integrative Biomedical Sciences 1 in the delivery of opportunities for learning and skills development.
This course will focus on delivering core material to support the development of a foundational cellular and molecular knowledge. Cells are the basic units of life and this course introduces and investigates what we know about their structure, function and behaviour and how they form the fundamental basis of life. The course will integrate with Integrative Biomedical Sciences 1 in the delivery of opportunities for learning and skills development.
Three main themes will be developed,
1. The Biochemistry of Life.
2. The Molecular Basis of Genetics.
3. The Organization of the Cell. The course contains lectures, tutorial and seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Course delivered in China. Only available to students enrolled on BSc Hons Integrative Biomedical Sciences.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 42,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 42,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 42,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam: 30% total course mark«br /»
Coursework: 70% total course mark«br /»
Including: essay, short-note write ups of seminars/discussion sessions. Discussion board posts. Practical data interpretation and results figures. Self-assessment MCQs each week.«br /»
Final course results only will be recorded on Euclid. Component results will be recorded on the Zhejiang University student record system.
||Discussion and consolidation sessions each week provide opportunities to provide feedback on learning and skill development and all formats of assessed work. Written formative feedback will be provided as key academic skills are developed particularly in essay writing and presentational skills. Feedback will be given following the summative evaluation of in-course assessments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understanding and knowledge of the relationship between the structures of cellular macromolecules and their biological functions.
- Understanding and knowledge at a molecular level of the basic principles of organisation, structure and activity in pro- and eukaryotic cells.
- Understanding and knowledge of experimental methods used to investigate cellular and molecular biology. How to design and carry out experiments, draw quantitative conclusions from experimental data and present the results in the context of theoretical knowledge.
- Understanding and knowledge of the importance of cellular and molecular biology to the biomedical sciences.
- Understanding and knowledge of the techniques of information gathering, academic writing, reviewing and assessing their own work and that of their peers, and of reflective and re-evaluative practice.
|Molecular Biology of the Cell Eds. Alberts et al. Garland Science|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||A major focus will be on the development of the skills students require to support their learning throughout their university career in particular the development of use of scientific language and communication skills. The course will embed opportunities to encourage the development of graduate attributes and autonomous learning skills including information gathering, academic writing and reflective practice. Student support in these areas will be focused on the key provision of staged formative feedback and assessment practice. Tutorials and small group work based around developing keynote themes will promote skill development in: how to research a subject; academic writing; making lecture notes; effective reading; understanding expectations in addition to allowing development of an understanding of how skills that promote learning in a group format can facilitate the development as an independent learner in a learning community. Place clear emphasis on formative feedback
It is also important to introduce key concepts of quantification and analysis at this early stage. It is anticipated that investigative practical work will allow an appreciation of the importance of experimental design including use of appropriate methodology, management, analysis (use of appropriate statistics), presentation and interpretation of data and comparison with other work.
Nevertheless, the need to foster the development of technical/scientific English language communication skills will be met by embedding this in workshops, facilitated group discussions, tutorials. Focus must be dual: understanding of scientific concepts alongside the understanding and
correct use of terminology.
|Keywords||Biological Sciences,Biomedical Sciences,Molecular Biology,Molecular Genetics
|Course organiser||Dr Laura O'Hara
|Course secretary||Ms Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 1346