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BL3303   Membranes and Cell Communication

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 9.00 am Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

This module looks at the various ways in which cells communicate with each other. Cell signalling not only involves the creation and reception of signals but also the mechanisms by which signals are transported across biological membranes. We will therefore consider the central role that biological membranes play in the regulation of the movement of molecules between different extracellular, intracellular and transcellular compartments. Also protein sorting and membrane trafficking will be studied. Using various examples of cell communication, the module will discuss both the molecular and the organismal implications of cell signalling. Topics covered include:(i) Lipids; (ii) Protein targeting and sorting; (iii) Membrane trafficking and transport; (iv) Wnt, Notch and Hedgehog signalling; (v) Plant cell signalling; (vi) Hippo signalling (vii) Ubiquitylation and SUMOylation.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2301 and ( pass BL2305 or pass BL2306 or pass BL2309 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks) and 3 x 7-hour practicals, split over several days during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 54

Guided independent study hours: 146

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr M Bischoff
Module teaching staff: Team taught