Cell Biology and Physiology

Tissues, organelles, reproduction and development.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year One

20 Credits

In the first part of the module, the components of the cell are introduced and discussed in terms of their structure and function. This includes sections on membranes and membrane bound organelles, and the flow of materials inside the cell. There will be an emphasis on understanding the experimental basis. The next part of the module covers the basics of human and animal physiology, reproduction and early development. It covers underlying concepts such as homeostasis, and outlines in more detail the cardiovascular system, endocrinology, immunology, and neurophysiology. It aims to highlight the important relationships between these systems and the connections between cell biology, anatomy and physiology.

The final part of the module covers the basics of reproduction and development, and considers the underlying principles of asexual and sexual reproduction, reproductive cycles and reproductive strategies in humans and animals. It then moves on to consider gametogenesis, fertilisation and early development.

The module will have four practicals that will permit the students to study aspects of physiology, immunology, endocrinology and to observe and document fertilisation and the early development of zebra fish. These practicals are tightly allied to the lectures and are designed to facilitate a better appreciation and understanding.


Lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, guided independent study


Exam (70%), Coursework (30%)