Programme Specification: Part IB Cell & Developmental Biology
This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Sciences and Zoology.
- to introduce some of the major ideas and current experimental approaches in cell and developmental biology;
- to illustrate how molecular approaches complement classical cell biology in providing details of how cells carry out their basic processes;
- to consolidate and extend students' knowledge of how cells work, how they interact and how they differentiate;
- to illustrate the excitement of the rapid advances in cell and developmental biology;
- to provide a framework for further specialised study of molecular, cellular and developmental biology in Part II courses in biological sciences.
At the end of the course students should:
- have developed knowledge of the major ideas in cell biology and developmental biology;
- have an understanding of the experimental approaches, and how they are applied to specific problems in cell and developmental biology;
- be able to carry out and interpret simple experiments in cell and developmental biology.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions and practical work.
Assessment for this course is through:
- two unseen written examinations based on the content of the lecture courses (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1 and 2);
- one unseen examination, based on practical work conducted throughout the year (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 2 and 3).
Courses of Preparation
Essential: NST Part IA Biology of Cells.