lntroductory Cell Biology & Genetics
Universitat Politècnica de València
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE MATERIALS
Campbell Biology, 11th Edition, with Mastering Biology (an online system for homework, review, etc.).
The purchase of this textbook is not mandatory to pass the course, but it is highly recommended for use as a reference to revise, clarify and/or go beyond the contents taught in class.
All living things share the common feature of being composed of one or more of the fundamental unit of life: the cell. In this course, we will explore the common features and activities of the cell, how those are encoded and orchestrated by the instructions for life within that cell, how cells interact with their environment, and how the diversity of life can be achieved.
This course is a survey of fundamental principles in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology, with special focus on the cellular and genetic basis of life.
This course includes a parallel program of practical, laboratory sessions along the course. The laboratory experience is designed to illustrate principles of scientific investigation and to complement class topics.
1. Chemical bonds; properties of water
2. Carbon; polymers; protein structure and function
3. Protein folding and disease
4. Cell structure, with a focus on the cytoskeleton
5. Lipids and membranes
6. Transport of solutes across membranes
7. Free energy and coupled reactions
8. Enzyme function and regulation
9. Cellular respiration and fermentation
11. Cell signaling
12. Cell cycle regulation, and cancer
14. Mitosis and the cell cycle
15. Mendel and the gene
16. Extending beyond Mendel
17. Connecting genes to chromosomes
18. Linked genes; chromosomal abnormalities
19. DNA as the chemical basis of genes
20. DNA replication in vivo-challenges and solutions
21. DNA replication in vitro (specifically PCR)
24. Protein targeting in eukaryotic
25. Classic scientific investigations-protein targeting in eukaryotic cells*
26. Prokaryotic regulation of gene expression
27. Eukaryotic regulation of gene expression
28. DNA sequencing and analysis
29. Cancer and viruses
30. Finding disease-related genes*
31. Modifying organisms-transgenics, knock-outs and knock-ins
32. CRJSPR/Cas and gene therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine
STUDENT LEARNING/COURSE OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Establish a strong foundation for understanding both current knowledge and new developments in the context of the fundamental concepts in cell and molecular biology.
• Recognize the elements and application of the scientific method and being able to relate experimental methods to the data they generate and information they provide
• Apply knowledge of inorganic chemistry and major groups of biological molecules to understand the structural components of a living cell (prokaryotic and eukaryotic), the plasma membrane and the metabolic reactions happening in this environment.
• Evaluate the role of respiration and photosynthesis in the cycling of chemicals and flow of energy in ecosystems.
• Develop an understanding of cell communication, growth, and division.
• Describe the foundations of Mendelian genetics and chromosomal theory and apply these to contemporary concepts in genetics.
• Analyze the structure of DNA and the process and regulation of gene expression.
• Demonstrate knowledge of precise scientific vocabulary as presented in primary research articles and text material and assessed via exams and quizzes.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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.