Module Title:Cell Biology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in three theory classes of one hour and one two hour practical session per week for fifteen weeks. Relevant class notes, diagrams and self assessment tools will be available to the students. Online resources will also be accessed as appropriate. Class will be subjected to regular informal testing and peer teaching and learning during class time. Emphasis will be given to case studies linking concepts to realistic situations.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to impart knowledge of basic cell biology and microbiology with special emphasis on (a) association between cell structure and function and human disease and (b) microbial growth and disease transmission and prevention.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure and functions of cellular macromolecules, organelles, cells and tissues.
LO2 Explain basic concepts of microbiology and carry out basic histological and microbiological techniques
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cell Biology
Introduction to the animal cell, cell theory and homeostasis. Overview of cell chemistry. The cell membrane: structure and function. Other cellular components: overview and function. Introduction to methods of cell communication. Cellular genetic processes with emphasis on genetic disease. Introduction to basic concepts of immunology and overview of cells involved in the immune response. Tissues: epithelial, connective, muscle and nervous.
Introduction to micro-organisms: bacteria, fungi, protozoans, viruses. Environmental factors affecting microbial growth. Introduction to mechanisms by which microbes overcome host defences. Sources and modes of infection. Prevention procedures: methods of sterilization and disinfection
Practicals will develop skills in the use of the light microscope and the application of simple histological and anatomical techniques. In addition practicals will include application of the fundamental principles of Microbiology, with special reference to the transmission and the prevention of disease, and the utilisation of basic microbiological techniques and methodologies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination One continuous assessment examination 1 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A practical log book and by observing student performance and behaviour in practical classes 1,2 40.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final examination of two hour duration. 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 0.83
Total Hours 100.00

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