Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2305 Cell Systems

(BL2305 online module handbook version 19)

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Cells are often considered to be the fundamental unit of life. This module will discuss how cells interact with one another to form complex tissues and organisms. You will consider, the structure-function relationship of a variety of cell types, including those involved in forming muscles, neuronal networks, blood and immunity and infectious diseases. The mechanisms by which cells communicate in order to mediate the complex physiology of an organism will be discussed and you will consider how disruption of these cell systems can lead to disease states.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Gerald Prescott
grp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463562
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL1101 AND PASS BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS MODULE IF YOU TAKE BL2101*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL3303*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

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

BL2305: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L1: Introduction and Experimental techniques to look at cell structure-function relationships
2017-8_BL2305_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L2: Epithelium and Connective Tissue
2017-8_BL2305_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L3: General Principles of Cell Signalling
2017-8_BL2305_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Other O1: Reading Day
2017-8_BL2305_O1
Monday
05-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P1: Cell Signalling Lab
2017-8_BL2305_P1
Tuesday
06-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L4: Receptors
2017-8_BL2305_L4
Tuesday
06-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P2: Cell Signalling Lab
2017-8_BL2305_P2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L5: 2nd messengers
2017-8_BL2305_L5
Tuesday
13-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L6: Receptor Tyrosine Kinases
2017-8_BL2305_L6
Wednesday
14-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Workshop W1: Cell Signalling workshop
2017-8_BL2305_W1

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L7: Action Potentials
2017-8_BL2305_L7
Monday
19-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P3: Cockroach recording - locust leg recording
2017-8_BL2305_P3
Tuesday
20-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Other O2: Reading Day
2017-8_BL2305_O2
Tuesday
20-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P4: Cockroach recording - locust leg recording
2017-8_BL2305_P4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L8: Electrical and Chemical Synapses
2017-8_BL2305_L8
Tuesday
27-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L9: Sensory receptors
2017-8_BL2305_L9
Wednesday
28-02-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L10: Motor Control
2017-8_BL2305_L10

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Workshop W2: Neuroscience workshop
2017-8_BL2305_W2
Monday
05-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P5: Cockroach recording - locust leg recording
2017-8_BL2305_P5
Tuesday
06-03-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Lecture L11: No lecture today
2017-8_BL2305_L11
Tuesday
06-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P6: Cockroach recording - locust leg recording
2017-8_BL2305_P6

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Other O3: Reading Day
2017-8_BL2305_O3
Tuesday
13-03-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Lecture L12: Muscle types
2017-8_BL2305_L12
Wednesday
14-03-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Lecture L13: Structure of muscles
2017-8_BL2305_L13

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Lecture L14: Contraction of muscles
2017-8_BL2305_L14
Monday
02-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P7: Skeletal muscle contraction
2017-8_BL2305_P7
Tuesday
03-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Lecture L15: Energetics of contraction
2017-8_BL2305_L15
Tuesday
03-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P8: Skeletal muscle contraction
2017-8_BL2305_P8

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C


Workshop W3: Comparison of muscles workshop
2017-8_BL2305_W3
Tuesday
10-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Other O4: Reading Day
2017-8_BL2305_O4
Wednesday
11-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L16: Composition of blood
2017-8_BL2305_L16

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L17: Cells and tissue of the immune system
2017-8_BL2305_L17
Monday
16-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Valerie Smith

Practical P9: Blood practical
2017-8_BL2305_P9
Tuesday
17-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L18: Inflammation
2017-8_BL2305_L18
Tuesday
17-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching lab
Dr Valerie Smith

Practical P10: Blood practical
2017-8_BL2305_P10

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L19: Antibody-mediated immunity
2017-8_BL2305_L19
Tuesday
24-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L20: Complement and Cytokines
2017-8_BL2305_L20
Wednesday
25-04-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Workshop W4: Exam question workshop
2017-8_BL2305_W4
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)

BL2305: Reading List

Click for BL2305 reading list

BL2305: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Electrophysiology data analysis
Due by:
12/03/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
02/04/2018 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Skeletal muscle report
Due by:
09/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
30/04/2018 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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 Gerald Prescott grp2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Gerald Prescott grp2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Gerald Prescott grp2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Gerald Prescott grp2@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:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2305: Contributing Staff

Dr Gerald Prescott
(Module Organiser)

Director of Teachinggrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald Prescott
(Module Organiser)
Director of Teachinggrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Valerie SmithDr Valerie SmithReadervjs1@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)

BL2305: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2305 successfully should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the structure-function relationship of cells and tissues.
  • Describe core signal transduction pathways including steroid hormones, G-proteins and tyrosine kinases
  • Explain how neurons communicate to mediate complex biological functions.
  • Compare and contrast the anatomical and physiological features of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle.
  • Discuss how the different cells types of the immune system mediate immunity.
  • Manipulate and interpret cellular and physiological data.
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)

BL2305: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Compound Microscopy
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Protein purification
  • SDS PAGE

Transferable Skills

  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Calculations/equations
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
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)