Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2301 Cell Biology

(BL2301 online module handbook version 13)

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image: Cultured primary fibroblast cells expressing a GFP-tagged pre-mRNA splicing factor (yellow) and stained with DAPI (blue) and phalloidon (white).

The module will introduce the concept of 'a cell', moving on to discuss different types of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell. The structure and function of a variety of sub-cellular compartments will be examined. The diversity of different cell types within multicellular organisms will be highlighted, together with an overview of how this diversity is achieved.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Judith Sleeman
jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463524
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL1101 AND PASS BL1102. BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU SHOULD PASS BL1101 AND PASS BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE BL2101. IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE BL2101*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL3303, BL3311, BL3315, BL3322*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL2301: Timetable

Please note different venue for week 3 practical.

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Lecture L1: Introduction to Module
2017-8_BL2301_L1
Monday
18-09-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Practical P1: Cell Counting/Viability
2017-8_BL2301_P1
Please attend on your assigned day
Tuesday
19-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L2: Introduction to Bacteriology
2017-8_BL2301_L2
Tuesday
19-09-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Practical P2: Cell Counting/Viability
2017-8_BL2301_P2
Please attend on your assigned day
Wednesday
20-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L3: Bacterial Structure and Function
2017-8_BL2301_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L4: Bacterial Pathogenicity- adhesion, colonisation and toxins
2017-8_BL2301_L4
Tuesday
26-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L5: Introduction to Parasitology
2017-8_BL2301_L5

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L6: Multi-cellular eukaryotes
2017-8_BL2301_L6
Monday
02-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Purdie Building
Purdie Teaching Laboratory
Dr Peter Coote

Practical P3: Microbiology
2017-8_BL2301_P3
Please attend on your assigned day
Tuesday
03-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L7: Working with cells
2017-8_BL2301_L7
Practical Focus
Tuesday
03-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Purdie Building
Purdie Teaching Laboratory
Dr Peter Coote

Practical P4: Microbiology
2017-8_BL2301_P4
Please attend on your assigned day
Wednesday
04-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Physics Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L8: Lipids and Membranes
2017-8_BL2301_L8

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L9: Membrane bound organelles
2017-8_BL2301_L9
Tuesday
10-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L10: Membrane bound organelles
2017-8_BL2301_L10

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L11: Cell Shape and Form
2017-8_BL2301_L11
Monday
16-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Judith Sleeman

Practical P5: Mammalian Cell Culture
2017-8_BL2301_P5
Please attend on your assigned day
Tuesday
17-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L12: Cytoskeleton
2017-8_BL2301_L12
Tuesday
17-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Judith Sleeman

Practical P6: Mammalian Cell Culture
2017-8_BL2301_P6
Please attend on your assigned day
Wednesday
18-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L13: Cell/Cell junctions
2017-8_BL2301_L13

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Other O1: Mid-semster quiz
2017-8_BL2301_O1
Tuesday
31-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Lecture L14: Nucleus and Gene Expression
2017-8_BL2301_L14
Wednesday
01-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Lecture L15: Communication Between Nucleus and Cytoplasm
2017-8_BL2301_L15

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
06-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Stuart MacNeill

Lecture L16: Cell Cycle I
2017-8_BL2301_L16
Monday
06-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Stuart MacNeill

Practical P7: Cell Cycle
2017-8_BL2301_P7
Please attend on your assigned day
Tuesday
07-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Stuart MacNeill

Lecture L17: Cell Cycle II
2017-8_BL2301_L17
Tuesday
07-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Stuart MacNeill

Practical P8: Cell Cycle
2017-8_BL2301_P8
Please attend on your assigned day

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
13-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L18: Neuronal Differentiation
2017-8_BL2301_L18
Tuesday
14-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L19: Neuronal Differentiation, Practical Focus
2017-8_BL2301_L19
Wednesday
15-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Lecture L20: Studying Gene Expression
2017-8_BL2301_L20
Practical Focus

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
20-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L21: Stem cells, lineages and signalling in development and differentiation
2017-8_BL2301_L21
Monday
20-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P9: Histology
2017-8_BL2301_P9
Please attend on your assigned day
Tuesday
21-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L22: Stem cells, lineages and signalling in development and differentiation
2017-8_BL2301_L22
Practical Focus
Tuesday
21-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Laboratory
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P10: Histology
2017-8_BL2301_P10
Please attend on your assigned day

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
27-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L23: Cells of the immune system and heamopoiesis
2017-8_BL2301_L23
Tuesday
28-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L24: Studying Differentiation and Development
2017-8_BL2301_L24
Practical Focus
Wednesday
29-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre B
Dr Judith Sleeman

Lecture L25: Overview of module and look ahead to S2 and JH
2017-8_BL2301_L25
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2301: Reading List

Click for BL2301 reading list

BL2301: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
01/11/2017 23:59
Feedback due by:
22/11/2017 23:59
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Figure
Due by:
17/11/2017 23:59
Feedback due by:
08/12/2017 23:59
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
10%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2017 23:20:14.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Judith Sleeman jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Judith Sleeman jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Judith Sleeman jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Judith Sleeman jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2301: Contributing Staff

Dr Judith Sleeman

Dr Judith Sleeman
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer in Cell and Developmental Biologyjes14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Peter CooteDr Peter CooteLecturerpjc5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Frank Gunn-MooreProf Frank Gunn-MooreProfessor of Molecular Neurobiology
Director of Research
fjg1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Stuart MacNeillDr Stuart MacNeillSULSA Reader in Translational Biologysam31@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottDirector of Teachinggrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Judith SleemanDr Judith Sleeman
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer in Cell and Developmental Biologyjes14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Valerie SmithDr Valerie SmithReadervjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Ildiko  SomorjaiDr Ildiko SomorjaiMASTS Lecturerimls@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2301: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2301 successfully should be able to:

  • Consider the characteristics of a wide range of cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) including their requirements for growth and how they can be exploited experimentally
  • Relate the component parts of cells to their functions, including how these can be investigated experimentally
  • Consider the characteristics of a wide range of cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) including their requirements for growth and how they can be exploited experimentally
  • Relate the component parts of cells to their functions, including how these can be investigated experimentally
  • Appreciate the plasticity of the genome, and its control, and how this can be studied experimentally
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2301: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Buffers
  • Compound Microscopy
  • Handling invertebrate cells
  • Handling microbes
  • Pipetting

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - leading
  • Group discussion - participating
  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Volumes
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • Designing experiments
  • Generate class dataset
  • Organising group work
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)