Cell Biology and Physiology

In the first part of the module, the components of the cell are introduced and discussed in terms of their structure andfunction. 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 thebasics of human and animal physiology and reproduction. 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 physiologyThe final part of the module covers the basics of reproduction gametogenesis, fertilisation and reproductive cycles and reproductive strategies in humans and animals.The module will have practicals that will permit the you to study aspects of cell membrane properties and physiology These practicals are tightly allied to the lectures and are designed to give experimental insights about our understanding of cell biology and animal physiology.

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Understand concepts of cell biology and the relationship between cell biology and functionality for the physiological systems studied;
  • Understand concepts of human and animal physiology and reproduction;
  • Carry out and understand practical exercises in specific aspects of cell biology and physiology;
  • Undertake independent learning activities in an enquiry-based manner.
  • understand and be able to carry out basic statistical techniques for comparing data sets including a t test and chi squared test; be able to use Excel for these analyses