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Undergraduate Course: Biology 2C: Systems and Regulation (BILG08026)

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 course addresses the following major biological concepts:
(i) communication at levels from molecules to organism,
(ii) regulation and control of biological systems from molecular pathways to physiology and
(iii) sensing and managing metabolism and change.
Course description The Systems and Regulation course covers the processes and mechanisms that govern the organisation of life from molecules to organisms. It follows three major biological themes: (1) communication at levels from molecules to organism, (2) regulation and control of biological systems from molecular pathways to physiology, and (3) sensing and managing metabolism and change.

The course builds on knowledge about how life is organised, which will have been gained during first year. This knowledge is expanded by discussing core biological concepts in more detail at molecular, cellular and organism level, with special attention paid to how these levels are interconnected.

Using circadian clock as the overarching case study, students will learn about structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, cellular compartmentalisation, metabolic processes inside the cell, how cells sense the outside world, how they organise into tissues and how they communicate at the level of organism. The course will build on and expand skills in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and physiology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Biology 1B: Life (BILG08021) OR Molecules, Genes and Cells 1 (BILG08015)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Biology 2B: Genetics and Evolution (BILG08025) OR Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In Course Assessment: 100%

End of Block Quizzes (bi weekly) - 30%
Assessed Exercise - 20%
Lab Report - 15%
Portfolio - 15%
Oral Presentations (group) - 20%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Integrate fundamental processes of communication, regulation and control from molecular to whole organism levels.
  2. Apply fundamental principles of communication, regulation and control to interpret and evaluate critically research data and literature.
  3. Use quantitative and problem-solving skills to analyse relevant systems and pathways.
  4. Effectively communicate research findings and practices in order to solve a research problem, individually and collaboratively.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Curiosity for learning: The course will use enquiry-based learning to channel curiosity about biology into outputs for assessment.
Aspiration and personal development: We will support the development of a reflective approach to learning whilst building personal responsibility using the assessed portfolio.
Research and Enquiry: This course encourages the process of scientific research and enquiry. Students will learn how to communicate research findings and practices in order to solve a research problem.
Communication: Students will learn how to communicate thoughts, ideas and discoveries clearly and concisely, and how to incorporate sources into their writing.
Technical and Practical Skills: Students will be able to critically evaluate research data and literature and to acquire Practical laboratory Skills.
Personal Effectiveness: Students will develop their time management skills in order to organise their work and meet deadlines. We will support a reflective approach to help students elaborate their own learning plans. Group work in workshops and practicals will develop effective communication skills and a collaborative attitude to problem solving.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Teaching staffwill not always present hard facts ¿ sometimes, instead, they will present an unproven hypothesis, or questions that are not yet answered
Course organiserDr Guillaume Blin
Course secretaryMrs Carolyn Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8651
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