From Cell to Organism

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    From Cell to Organism

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Topics covered include: structure of large biological molecules; basic animal and plant cell structure; cellular organelles; cytoskeleton; extracellular matrix; viral structure and function; bacterial cell structure, sporulation, growth and control of bacteria; fungal cell structure, role of yeast in brewing, fungal diseases; principles of genetics; mitosis and meiosis; patterns of inheritance; transcription and translation; mechanisms of evolution; microscopy; calculations involving weights, dilutions and molarity.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Describe the structure and function of large biological molecules.
    -Define the structural characteristics of animal and plant cells and the functions of cellular organelles.
    -Describe the defining characteristics, structure and replication abilities of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
    -Describe the dominant and recessive patterns of Mendelian inheritance.
    -Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between genes and proteins.
    -Describe the processes driving evolution at the population level, including the process of speciation.
    -Use Chi-square statistics to test if a population is in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
    -Demonstrate basic practical competence in the use of the light microscope and performing simple calculations involving dilutions, weights and molarity.

    Learning & Teaching methods:
    Lectures: 36 hours
    Labs/Practicals: 15 hours
    Planned learning activities: 10 hours
    Independent student activities: 89 hours

    Continuous Assessment: 30%
    University scheduled written examination: 70%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Multiple Choice Questionnaires (mid-term and end-of-term) 15%; Practical write-ups 15%.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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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