|Course code module||1BBIR-12|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Instructor(s)||Frans Van Meir|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in June|
|Contract restriction information:|
General high-school level knowledge on sciences,
General Chemistry (semester 1),
Biology (semester 1).
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Students acquire knowledge on the structure and function of biomolecules and cells: including the relationship between form and function; the importance of (sub)microscopical structures supporting the regulation of cellular processes; the interaction between cells and their environment and cell differentiation. The development of academic skills such as critical reading and answering academic questions, is supported.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
3. Course content
This cell biology course focuses on the principles underlying cell structure and function. Following a short historic introduction, three main topics are presented: (1) biomolecules, (2) cells and (3) essential cell biological processes.
The section on ‘biomolecules, covers the following structures: sugars, including molecules essential for structure and energy conservation; lipids, with emphasis on membrane lipids; proteins, including globulines and blood-type agents; nucleic acids, including viral, bacterial and eukaryote RNA and DNA. The part on ‘cells’ emphasizes: structure and function of cell organelles, membranes, cytosol, cytoskeleton, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, peroxisomes, mitochondria and chloroplasts; dynamic cellular processes such as: endocytosis and fagocytosis, recycling of membranes, cell communication, cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis; energy metabolism; gametogenesis and meiosis. The section on cell biological processes includes the discussion of biotechnology and artificial fertilization, immunology and immune-based techniques, muscle cells and cellular techniques.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
Personal work: Assignments - individual
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentation
Continuous assessment: Assignments(Interim) tests
6. Compulsory reading – study material
7. Recommended reading - study material
- Alberts B. et al., Essential Cell Biology, Garland, 1998- Cross P.D. & K.L. Mercer, Cell and Tissue Ultrastructure
- a functional perspective, Freeman & Company, 1993.
-Nelson D. and Cox M.M., Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry (4th edition) Freeman and Company, 2005