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Module code:PHOL3016 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Cell Polarity and Disease
Credit value:1
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof. Shamshad Cockcroft / Dr Anselm Zdebik
Organiser's location:Rockefeller Building 4th floor Room 421
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Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:PHOL1001 and PHOL2001/2003 or equivalent i.e. Yrs 1 and 2 MBBS  
Module outline:Epithelial cells form sheets that cover the surface of the body and line the internal organs and perform vectorial functions. The module will encompass four themes: • Cell Biology of Epithelial cells, • Vectorial transport in health and disease (absorption and secretion), • Specialised function of epithelia in sensing the environment  
Module aims:The module aims to provide an understanding of epithelia tissues by describing: how the polarization of epithelia is maintained; the mechanisms underlying the regulated directional transport of ions, nutrients and water across epithelia; normal physiological function of the renal, gastro-intestinal and respiratory systems.  
Module objectives:1. To describe how epithelial polarity is achieved and maintained. 2. To describe how vectorial transport of solutes and nutrients is achieved. 3. An understanding of molecular physiology of transport mechanisms in normal physiological function and in disease states.  
Key skills provided by module:To obtain fluency with reading and understanding the scientific literature. To obtain skills in critical evaluation of the scientific literature. Presentation of primary research material in both written form and orally.Communication skills: contributing in Journal Clubs and presentation of a research paper. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Invigilaited paper review 10.00%
Two essays 20.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 60.00%
Seminar presentation 10.00% 
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Last updated:2017-02-20 17:40:51 by ucbtam7