PSC2322 - Molecular cell biology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Betty Exintaris

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Previously coded PSC2092


This unit aims to introduce students to essential elements of cell biology. Participants in this unit will cover; Eukaryotic Cell Biology and Molecular Biology; and Development and Cancer. The subject provides an essential foundation for understanding cell biology and its use in biological research and the pharmaceutical industry.

This will involve:

  • cell biology and cellular dynamics
  • molecular biology
  • development
  • cancer


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of eukaryotic cell biology by being able to explain the processes of normal cell function including comparing and contrasting how cellular processes are regulated
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of molecular biology and how it is used in cell biology
  3. Explain, design and analyse molecular biology experiments
  4. Explain how cell control is regulated in development and how it can be deregulated and predict its consequences
  5. Analyse experiments and experimental techniques that are used in the study of cell biology


Final exam (2 hour): 60%; mid-semester exam: 10%; practical / tutorial assessments: 25%; in-semester quizzes: 5%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty four 1-hour lectures
  • Four 1-hour tutorials
  • Seven 4-hour practical or workshop classes
  • Sixteen hours of problem based and active learning exercises

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Chief examiner(s)


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