BIOL6023 - Introductory Cell Biology

Title:Introductory Cell Biology
Long Title:Introductory Cell Biology
Module Code:BIOL6023
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: HELEN O SHEA
Module Description: An introduction to the essential techniques and relevant concepts in modern cell biology, including cell organisation and culture, cell communication and the cell cycle, cancer, developmental biology, immunology, advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Distinguish between different types of cells, viruses and subcellular organisms.
LO2 Describe the principles and laboratory practices used in mammalian cell culture.
LO3 Describe how cells communicate and cycle and outline the consequences of abnormal cell division (cancer).
LO4 Illustrate how the early embryo forms and develops.
LO5 Describe the structure and function of the innate and acquired immune system.
LO6 Outline, using selected examples, how advances in cell and molecular biology and biotechnology have impacted on everyday life.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
12884 BIOL6007 Biomolecules and Cells
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1. Distinctions between cells and organisms.
Cell organization. Viruses – structure and function. Animal viruses. Prions.
2. Mammalian cell culture
Principles and practices used in mammalian cell culture. Use of Laminar flow cabinets, aseptic technique, counting cells using a haemocytometer. Cell culture – demonstration of making tissue culture medium, passing cells, infection of cells in vitro.
3. Cell communication
Cooperation between cells – communication through chemicals (hormones, paracrines, neurotransmitters).
4. Cell Cycle and Cancer
The Cell Cycle, control and cancer; oncogenes / tumor suppressor genes.
5. Development and Growth
Development in the early embryo; Cell Growth and Differentiation; into tissues, organs & organisms.
6. Immunology
Cell and organs of the Innate and Acquired Immune System
7. Applied Topics
Selected examples, to illustrate how advances in cell and molecular biology and biotechnology have impacted on everyday life.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Reports 1,2 40.0 Every Second Week
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ and similar format 1,2,3 20.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Short Answer Questions on e.g. cell organisation and culture, cell communication, the cell cycle, cancer, developmental biology, immunology, selected examples to depict advances in molecular biology and biotechnology. 1,2,3,4,5,6 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
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.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Cell Biology Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Cell Biology Practical 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Assignments and study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raff, M., Roberts, K., Walter, P. 2014, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th Ed., Ed., Garland Science New York [ISBN: 9780815344322]
  • Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander D Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter 2016, Essential Cell Biology, 4th Ed., Ed., Garland Science New York [ISBN: 9780815345732]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 4 Mandatory
CR_SFSTE_7 Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science 4 Mandatory
CR_SBIOS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biosciences 4 Mandatory