Molecular Biology of the Cell
Area of Study
Biology, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology
Taught In English
? Successful completion of introductory university-level module in cell biology such
as LS4001 or similar.
? For Study Option 3, completion of introductory cell and molecular biology.
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
The module builds on topics covered in LS4001 (Genes, Cells and Tissues) and explores
more advanced concepts in cell and molecular biology.
The module provides insight into the structure and functions of cells, and takes an
integrated approach to looking at how cells respond to changes in their environment ?
from receptor interactions and intracellular signalling pathways through to the regulation
of gene expression and changes in cellular processes.
Autumn Semester summary: cell biology and intracellular signalling.
? an overview of cellular and molecular processes in the cell
? cell structure, adhesion and motility
? intracellular trafficking and molecular motors
? cell cycle and cell death
? an introduction to receptor activation and intracellular signalling pathways.
? DNA packaging, chromatin modification and epigenetic regulation
Spring semester summary: molecular genetics
? DNA replication, transcription, translation and the regulation of gene expression
? mutation and the genetic code
? drugs that interfere with genetic processes
? practical methods relevant to cell and molecular biology, for example
fluorescence microscopy, RT-PCR
? data analysis and interpretation relevant to topics covered throughout the
Teaching: Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions/demonstrations
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Exam (50%)
? Practical: In-course test of practical techniques and data-handling (25%) and a
group poster presentation (25%)
STUDY OPTION 2:
? poster assessment (50%)
? essay (50%)
STUDY OPTION 3:
? data-handling assessment (50%)
? essay (50%)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.