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Undergraduate Course: Cells to Organisms 2 (BIME08011)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course aims
To support the theme of the programme Year 2 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 course will
o Place clear emphasis on formative assessment
o Implement timely and useful feedback opportunities
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 149 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) online practicals
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam (50%)
ICA (50%) (composed of in-course problem 35% and an online Practical Test 15 %)
Feedback 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain with examples the principles of developmental biology, namely how cells behave and interact to form tissues, organs, and organisms.
  2. Describe and evaluate key experiments that underpin our mechanistic understanding of developmental biology.
  3. Demonstrate competence in understanding basic aspects of experimental design and interpreting experimental data relating to developmental biology.
  4. Explain the value of an integrative approach to understanding mechanisms of developmental biology (including genetic, biochemical, cell culture, and in vivo approaches).
Reading List
Cellular aspects:
Essential Cell Biology (4th edition), Alberts et al., compact version of the classic version below. Publishers: Garland Science, (2014).
Developmental aspects:
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Jarman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3737
Course secretaryMr Stewart Smith
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