Full Title:Cellular Biology
Module Code:BIOL S7006
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in No Programmes
Module Description:This module will present the basic chemistry and biochemistry underlying biological science, anatomy, physiology and nutrition.It will also provide the students with a fundamental knowledge of the structure and function of the cell and the process of cell division.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the structure of the eucaryotic cell and relationship between structure and function in cell organelles
  2. Explain the structure of a plasma membrane and describe how substances move in and out of cells
  3. Describe the process of protein synthesis
  4. Describe the process of cell division and the role of meiosis in the sexual life cycle.
  5. Prepare and examine animal specimens and use a bright field light microscope to view and interpret slides.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Basic chemistry
chemical symbols,periodic table, structure of atom,chemical bonding
Introduction to biomolecules
acids,bases,pH,functional groups carbohydrates,proteins,lipids,Structure and function of nucleic acids.Protein synthesis
Introduction to the Cell:
Procaryotic and Eucaryotic cells; size and shape; structure and function of the plasma membrane; transport processes; cell connections and communications; extracellular matrix and membrane receptors
Ultrastructure of the Eucaryotic cell:
Structure and function of individual organelles; structure of DNA and RNA; protein synthesis
Structure of procaryotic cell.
slime capsule,cell wall,cell membrane,flagella,pili, ribosomes, nucleoid,plasmid,endospore
Introduction to Microscopy: Light microscopy and Electron microscopy.
Light microscopy (brightfield,darkfield,phase contrast) Electron microscopy.
Cell division:
Genomes of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes; cell cycle; mitosis; regulation of cell division; sexual life cycle; meiosis; heredity; growth and differentiation of cells; organogenesis.
Introduction to microscopy;
use and care of light microscope.
Elementary micro-technique:
preparation of whole mounts, sections and smears.
Microscopic measurement of cells.
Examination of prepared cultures and slides of bacteria and protozoa.
A study of osmosis and diffusion
Microscopic examination of tissues.
Practical skills tests.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation A 2-hour practical session each week will provide the student with the opportunity to back up the theory covered in formal lectures with practical experience. The requirement to submit regular laboratory reports is intended to act as serious encouragement for students to focus on the laboratory work. 1,5 40.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Short Answer Questions There will be a 1-hour short question written examination half-way through the semester, the student will be required to answer 10 out of 10 questions. 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Week 7 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students who do not attend the practical classes will have to repeat-attend the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 2 hours for 8 weeks 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical 2 hours for 8 weeks 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Colville and Bassert 2008, Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd ed. Ed., 2-3, Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 0323046851]
  • Seeley, Stephens & Tate 2003, Anatomy & Physiology, 6th ed. Ed., 2-3, Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 0072351136]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Clegg, C.J. and Mackean, D.G. 2000, Advanced Biology Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Ed., John Murray [ISBN: 0719576709]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: http://PlanetChemistry.com -CatchUp Biology - on line text book
  • website: http://biologymad/
  • website: www.chemistry.about.com
  • website: www.elmhurst.edu/chm/vchembook
  • Website: Khan AcademyBiology
  • link: Library Catalogue