How Life Works 2

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    How Life Works 2

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Following on from module BE101, which, having introduced the concept of the cell, focuses on the basic biochemistry, physiology and molecular detail of animals and plants; this module covers three themes: (i) The diversity of the microbial world, and (ii) An introduction to cell culturing (growth under specified conditions for a specific purpose) - animal, plant and microbial.(iii) An introduction to genetics as it applies to all forms of life (with a particular emphasis on humans).

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss the evolutionary relationships between organisms and how this helps to predict behaviour
    2. Discuss how an understanding of physical and nutritional requirements can help us to preserve food
    3. Discuss how an understanding of cell structure, function and metabolism can help us to control microbial growth and prevent disease.
    4. Discuss how microorganisms may be used in biotechnology
    5. Discuss the genetic code and its applications.
    6. Discuss mendelian genetics and carry out pedigree analysis

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.

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