Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3303 Membranes and Cell Communication

(BL3303 online module handbook version 15)

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image: Cytonemes (green) and Hedgehog signalling activity reporter (red) in Drosophila wing imaginal disc.

This module looks at the various ways in which cells communicate with each other. Cell signalling not only involves the creation and reception of signals but also the mechanisms by which signals are transported across biological membranes. We will therefore consider the central role that biological membranes play in the regulation of the movement of molecules between different extracellular, intracellular and transcellular compartments. Also protein sorting and membrane trafficking will be studied. Using various examples of cell communication, the module will discuss both the molecular and the organismal implications of cell signalling. Topics covered include:(i) Lipids; (ii) Protein targeting and sorting; (iii) Membrane trafficking and transport; (iv) Wnt, Notch and Hedgehog signalling; (v) Plant cell signalling; (vi) Hippo signalling (vii) Ubiquitylation and SUMOylation.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Marcus Bischoff
mb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 467199
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL2301 and ( pass BL2305 or pass BL2306 or pass BL2309 )*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL3303: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3303 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
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* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3303: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 23 September 2018 22:20:09.)


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 Marcus Bischoff mb273@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Marcus Bischoff mb273@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Marcus Bischoff mb273@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Marcus Bischoff mb273@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

BL3303: Contributing Staff

Dr Marcus Bischoff

Dr Marcus Bischoff
(Module Organiser)

Lecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Marcus BischoffDr Marcus Bischoff
(Module Organiser)
Lecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Frank Gunn-MooreProf Frank Gunn-MooreProfessor of Molecular Neurobiology fjg1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr David J HughesDr David J HughesLecturerdjh25@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Samantha PittDr Samantha PittRoyal Society of Edinburgh Biomedical Fellowsjp24@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Christos PliotasDr Christos PliotasRoyal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowcp39@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottSenior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Paul ReynoldsDr Paul ReynoldsLecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studiespar10@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Alison RobertsHonorary Readerar255@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Terry SmithProf Terry SmithProfessortks1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jens TilsnerDr Jens TilsnerLecturerjt58@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)

BL3303: Learning Outcomes

The objective of this module is to provide insights into how cells communicate with each other, emphasising properties of biological membranes, membrane trafficking and cell signalling. Also to facilitate the development of essential scientific skills.

Students completing module BL3303 successfully should be able to:

  • Acquire an understanding of the biology of biological membranes, protein sorting and membrane trafficking
  • Gain insights into the mechanisms underlying cell signalling and signal transduction
  • Find and critically read and evaluate literature
  • Produce a summary of a scientific paper and a practical report
  • Produce a figure of the results of a practical
  • Work in small teams in a lab-based context
  • Plan work in order to meet deadlines
  • Understand the principles that underlie cell communication
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)

BL3303: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Compound Microscopy
  • Fixing and preserving specimens
  • Image processing
  • Pipetting
  • Stereomicroscopy

Transferable Skills

  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • Completing a research paper from which sections have been removed
  • Problem-solving questions
  • 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)