Molecular and Cell Biology for Biomedical Engineers
Module code: 6CCYB068
Module credits: 15
Module convenor: Dr Alkystis Phinikaridou
In the 21st century, the structure and function of eukaryotic cells are investigated primarily at the molecular level, through a combination of biochemical, molecular-genetic and immunological methods. These approaches have provided insights into how complex processes such as cell division, differentiation, movement and cell-cell interactions take place.
This module will provide students with a conceptual understanding of the key theories and language underpinning molecular and cell biology. The students will apply this theoretical knowledge to state-of-the-art technologies available for biological analyses and extend their learning to application in a real-world biomedical engineering context.
On completion of the module, the student will be able:
- To demonstrate systematic understanding of the key components of molecular and cell biology superimposed on a background of biomedical engineering
- To identify energy sources in biological systems, and to explain how energy can be converted to the most useful form for the cell
- To apply this understanding to biomolecule analyses techniques, evaluate their output and discriminate their use
- To define, discuss and critique ethical issues in cell and molecular biology
- To perform molecular and cell biology laboratory practicals, accurately report and critically appraise data obtained
- To formulate cell and molecular biology-based strategies to answer current real world challenges
This module will provide students with the fundamental principles underpinning molecular and cell biology as well as an appreciation of state-of-the-art technologies available for biological analyses. The students will understand the structure, function and metabolism of the main biomolecules, their modifications, methods of evaluation, as well as how their properties can be tailored for biomedical applications. Cutting edge concepts in cell and molecular biology will be investigated and issues around ethics and sustainability discussed.
Details of the module's summative assessment/s
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Written exam (2 hours) (January)