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Module code:CELL2007(Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Principles of Cellular Control
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof Geraint Thomas
Organiser's location:Cell and Developmental Biology
Available for students in Year(s):2,
Module prerequisites:Open to negotiation but BIOC1001 or BIOC1009, CELL1001 or CELL1002 in the first year, and either BIOC2001, BIOC2003, or BIOL2004 in the second year. 
Module outline:This course will provide a strong introduction to the principles of cellular regulation and range across molecular and cellular scales. Using key examples students will learn how molecular mechanisms orchestrate cellular processes. In a wider context cell signaling will serve as a vehicle for students to discover how to fuse an understanding of molecular concepts with macroscopic biology. Lectures will concentrate on: the molecular properties of different classes of receptors; the structure-function relationships of kinases, small and heterotrimeric G-proteins; second messenger molecules and the enzymes that generate them, structure-function in the recognition and binding of phosphoproteins and second messengers; signalling through polyphosphoinositides; integration of molecular-scale information into an understanding of major signaling pathways; adrenalin, insulin and EGF and the Wnt/catenin signaling pathways in example processes like energy metabolism, cancer biology, circadian rhythmicity and tissue differentiation.  
Module aims:To provide an introduction to the principles of cellular regulation. Using examples, students will understand how molecular-scale mechanisms orchestrate cellular process and events. The component will also enhance the learning provided by the immediately preceding CELL2006 Cell Biology course and prepare students for more specialized 3rd year study. However you will not be permitted to study both CELL2006 and CELL2007 as two separate courses - to combine them you must study CELL2008 Integrative Cell Biology. 
Module objectives:Cell signaling will serve as a vehicle for students to discover how to fuse an understanding of molecular scale concepts and mechanisms with cell biological, metabolic and developmental consequences. In this way, comprehension of both the scope and the limitations of molecular genetic and biochemical interventions in the investigation of the processes of life will be arrived at.  
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Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00%.
1 project and 1 laboratory report 25.00%.
Notes:The course has three (3) pieces of coursework. To be complete for CELL2007 a candidate must submit at least 2 pieces by the required deadlines.  
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