Genes, Cells and Tissues

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genes, Cells and Tissues

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university level biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module introduces students to basic cell biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes,
    molecular, organismal and population genetics, germ layers and basic tissue types in the
    human body, and a variety of microorganisms.

    Laboratory practicals give students the opportunity to learn selected current techniques
    used to study cells, tissues, chromosomes and microbial organisms. The module provides
    an essential introduction to modules at levels 5 and 6 that develop further knowledge in
    cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics and microbiology.

    Autumn Semester content summary: an introduction to origins of life, cell structure,
    genetic processes in cells, inheritance, population and evolutionary genetics.

    Spring Semester content summary: an introduction to microbiology, embryology,
    histology and modern molecular techniques.
    Topics covered may include:
    ? basic preparative techniques for examination of biological specimens by light
    microscopy and correct use of light microscopes
    ? an introduction to the origins of life, the cell concept, cell structure and function
    of organelles in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
    ? an introduction to genes, genomes and chromosomes
    ? a review of the genetic processes in cells including DNA structure, replication,
    transcription and translation
    ? an introduction to patterns of inheritance, Mendelian genetics, population and
    evolutionary genetics, basic calculations in inheritance and population genetics
    ? an introduction to genetic recombination and mapping
    ? an introduction to cytogenetics
    ? an introduction to modern molecular techniques including cloning, recombinant
    DNA technology and DNA analysis
    ? an introduction to early human development
    ? structural and functional characteristics of epithelium, connective tissues, muscle
    and nervous tissues and their subtypes
    ? an introduction to viruses, bacteria and microbial eukaryotes of medical
    ? basic microbiological techniques

    Lectures, seminars and practical sessions

    ? Exam (50%)
    ? Coursework: Online report on cytogenetics practical (25%) and online report on
    microbiology practical (25%)
    ? Two practical assessments (25 % x 2)
    ? Essay (50%)
    ? Two practical assessments (25 % x 2)
    ? Essay (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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.


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