Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4224 Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking

(BL4224 online module handbook version 35)

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Membrane trafficking mediates the transport of substances between different cellular organelles and the secretion of substances from cells. As such, regulation of membrane trafficking is applicable to all cell types, but especially to specialised secretory cells such as neurons, which secrete neurotransmitters and pancreatic beta-cells which secrete insulin. This module will consider how molecules control the movement of substances through the secretory pathway, but will focus on how cells regulate the release of contents. Within the module you will look at the proteins involved, the different experiments used to study the process and how model organisms are enhancing our understanding.*

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 BL3303*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
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

BL4224: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Tutorial T1: Introduction
2017-8_BL4224_T1

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
08-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Tutorial T2: Molecular Mechanisms of exocytosis
2017-8_BL4224_T2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Tutorial T3: Molecular Mechanisms of endocytosis
2017-8_BL4224_T3

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
22-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Tutorial T4: Group Presentations
2017-8_BL4224_T4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
01-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Jens Tilsner

Tutorial T5: Virus trafficking
2017-8_BL4224_T5

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
08-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Other O1: Poster session
2017-8_BL4224_O1

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
15-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Tutorial T6: Poster feedback and discussion
2017-8_BL4224_T6

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

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
05-04-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Workshop W1: Workshop
2017-8_BL4224_W1

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
12-04-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Other O2: Student Lectures
2017-8_BL4224_O2

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
19-04-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Other O3: Student Lectures
2017-8_BL4224_O3

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
26-04-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial room 12
Dr Gerald Prescott

Other O4: Student Lectures
2017-8_BL4224_O4
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)

BL4224: Reading List

Click for BL4224 reading list

BL4224: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Paper critique
Due by:
01/03/2018 11:00
Feedback due by:
22/03/2018 11:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Poster
Due by:
08/03/2018 09:00
Feedback due by:
29/03/2018 09:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Presentation
Due by:
26/04/2018 11:00
Feedback due by:
17/05/2018 11:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
30%

(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

BL4224: Contributing Staff

Dr Gerald Prescott
(Module Organiser)

Senior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald Prescott
(Module Organiser)
Senior Lecturergrp2@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)

BL4224: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4224 successfully should be able to:

  • Described the proteins involved in the trafficking of substances within a cell
  • Discuss the proteins and mechanisms that mediate the fusion of two membranes
  • Discuss how proteins involved in membrane trafficking regulate physiology and disease
  • Present introductory material and experimental details on a specific topic in a range of formats (oral, visual, written).
  • Critically review and discuss scientific literature
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)

BL4224: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Long group presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Preparing individual poster on given topic
    • Paper critique
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding information on the web
    • Finding literature
    • Problem-solving questions
    • Data analysis
    • 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)