Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Cell Biology and Immunity

Course summary

Course code: BIOL1050
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Life and Sports Sciences
Course Coordinator(s): Simon Richardson / Paul Dyer



1. To develop a greater understanding of the regulation of the cell cycle and cell death
2. Explore the differentiation and arrangement of cells in the context organ formation.
3. Explore the internal organisation of the cells.
4. To develop a greater understanding of cell biology of immune function.

Learning outcomes

1 Discuss the biological processes involved throughout the life of a cell, including cell differentiation, membrane trafficking, motility,
adhesion and communication and cell death
2 Evaluate the molecular and cellular aspects of stem cell biology
3 Describe the features of adaptive and innate immunity and the interplay of cells during an immune response, including biochemical, molecular and cellular aspects.
4 Employ key techniques in the investigation of cell biology.

Indicative content

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of development, cell cycle and differentiation, membrane structure and transport, membrane trafficking and protein sorting, cytoskeletal dynamics, endocytic and secretory pathways, autophagy, cell adhesion and migration, cell communication, stem cell biology, organisation of the nucleus and nuclear transport, innate and adaptive immunity, cell and tissues of the immune system, biochemical regulation of immunity, signal transduction, protein degradation and antigen presentation, molecular aspects in the immune system, examples of autoimmune disease.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course successfully you will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Communicate about their subject appropriately using a range of formats, information gathering systems, and present data effectively;
2. Write scientifically using appropriate nomenclature and referencing systems.
3. Have acquired the ability to work independently and demonstrate practical skills in relation to the subject;
4. Obtain, record and analyse data using appropriate techniques (working individually or as a group) in relation to cases studies and practical exercises;
5. Manage time effectively in relation to planning, submitting assessments, working as part of a team, and design, plan, conduct and report on investigations;
6. Be adaptable, flexible, and effective in approaches to study and work, and undertake investigations in a responsible, safe and ethical manner;

Teaching and learning activity

This course will consist mainly of lectures/tutorials, explaining basic concepts. Students will carry out exercises in tutorial sessions that will extend and develop the learning that occurs in lectures. Practical work will include laboratory experiments and observation via microscopy of developmental slides.


Essay / Case Study
LOs - 1,2,3
Short essay exercise.
Grading Mode- Numeric
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40% Overall
Word Length 1500-2000
Outline Details: Case Study / Essay evaluating the cell biology of immune responses

Grading Mode - Numeric
LOs - 2
Weighting % - 25%
Pass Mark - 40%
Outline Details - Poster presentation on Stem Cell Biology

Online laboratory practical exercises.
Grading Mode - Numeric
Weighting % - 25%
Pass Mark 40% Overall
Word Length - 1500-2000
Formal practical write up.