PATH10020 Basic Principles of Cell Biolo

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a foundation module forming part of the core curriculum for Stage 1 Medicine students, Biomedical Health and Life Science students and also Stage 1 Human Nutrition students. This module is designed to give students an overview of how cells work, exploring the different cellular organelles, the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins, cell cycle and cell death, cell communication and signalling pathways relevant to disease. Basic principles of cellular immunology will also be introduced.

Please note all students in the BSc Science program (year 2 and above) should contact the Module Co-ordinator before registering for this module as an elective.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
Describe the basic structure and function of the human cell and display an understanding of the fundamental components of a mammalian cell.
Describe the basic structure and functions of nucleic acid and demonstrate how alterations in DNA sequence cause disease.
Demonstrate an understanding of protein structure and post-translational modifications.
Discuss the intra- and extra-cellular signalling mechanisms of a cell and understand the implication of cell signalling in disease.
Explain cell division, cell cycle and cell death and it's involvement in disease.
Review the fundamentals of cellular immunology.

Indicative Module Content:

Mammalian cell organelles
DNA and RNA structure, DNA replication, transcription and translation
Protein structure and function
Cell communication and cell signalling
Cell division, cell cycle, cell death
Innate and adaptive immunity

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning strategies encountered in this module include
lectures, review lectures, case based tutorials and small class teaching 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Please note all students in the BSc Science program (year 2 and above) should contact the Module Co-ordinator before registering for this module

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANSC20010 - Genetics and Biotechnology, CELB20010 - Cell Biology, VET10090 - Cell and Molecular Biology

Basic Principles of Cell Bio (MDSA10180)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Submitted online group assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: MCQ 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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