This unit (RBM2133) focuses on the investigation of the human body at the molecular and cellular levels. It builds on notions and concepts previously explored in foundation physiology units. The unit considers the components of cells, how they are regulated, where they are located and how they interact to produce an entity that can live and reproduce with a particular focus on biomedicine. The unit will cover topics such as the molecular structure, organisation and functioning of the eukaryotic cell and make explicit links to the molecular basis of health and disease – particularly as it emerges in contemporary medical research.

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RBM2560 - Medical Biochemistry and

RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2 or

RBF1310 - Biology 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the components of a cell, their organization and their significance to the normal functioning of eukaryotic cells;  
  2. Review and analyse current scientific literature relating to cell and molecular biology;  
  3. Explain potential molecular alterations that occur within the cell that contribute to human disease;  
  4. Review experimental approaches, both current and historical, of examining cell and molecular biology in both normal and diseased cells.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2 Tests (30 min each) 20%
Assignment Assignment (1300 words) 40%
Poster Timed research poster (2 hours 40min) 40%

Required reading

Molecular biology of the cell 6th ed.
Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raff, M., Roberts, K., & Walter, P. (2015).
New York: Garland Science

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