BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module forms part of the Stage 3 core curriculum in Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Neuroscience BSc degree programmes. It provides a description of intracellular mechanisms associated with cell communication. Details of the molecular components of signal transduction cascades, including first messengers, cell surface and nuclear receptors, intracellular signalling molecules and target proteins, are discussed. The module includes a discussion of the biochemical and pharmacological techniques used in the study of signalling pathways. Practical classes include both laboratory-based and computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises that illustrate specific aspects of cell signalling pathways.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
Explain the principles of cell communication.
Through specific examples, describe the molecular components of signal transduction cascades.
Describe the experimental approaches that are used to investigate intercellular and intracellular signalling pathways.
Explain the importance of cell signalling pathways as targets for drug action.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Laboratory Sessions/Practicals 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that students taking this module will have successfully completed BMOL20020, or other modules with equivalent learning outcomes.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Derek Costello Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mario Manresa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jens Rauch Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joan Simon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Shane Clerkin Tutor
Mr Thomas Dodd Tutor
Mr Mark Gallagher Tutor
Valeria Giannone Tutor
Giulia Giuffredi Tutor
Mr Conor Hession Tutor
Ms Anne Marie Howe Tutor
Natasha Kapoor Tutor
Chaoying Ma Tutor
Hesborn Oburah Tutor