HLTH06050 2020 Cell Biology

General Details

Full Title
Cell Biology
Transcript Title
Cell Biology
N/A %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Margaret Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science SG_SINFO_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Medical Information Science

The module will provide students with a knowledge of the structure and biological function of cellular components of typical eukaryotes and prokaryotes. The four major biological macromolecules of the cell will also be examined as each is an important component of the cell and performs a wide array of functions. The structure and function of cell membranes along with features of endocytosis and phagocytosis are explained.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the structures and functions of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and cell organelles.


Describe the function of biological macromolecules.


Explain endocytosis and phagocytosis.


Describe the cell cycle and core aspects in cell division.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will seek to enhance active participation of the student by providing multiple modes of engagement and representation for the student via online lectures, videos, tutorials, moodle quizzes and worksheets. Online worksheets will be completed weekly to aid in the comprehension of the lecture material. These work sheets will be submitted online at the end of each tutorial. Feedback will be given in a timely manner thus enhancing the capacity for self-monitoring by the student.

Module Assessment Strategies

1 X MCQ, 1 X LAQ, weekly online worksheet exercises which must be completed and uploaded at the end of each session.

Repeat Assessments

If a student does not pass the module they will be required to repeat the CA and/or the exam.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover a range of core topics in biology including:

  • Cell structure and function.
  • The structure of a typical eukaryotic cell.
  • The structures and functions of the organelles of a eukaryotic cell.
  • The structure of a typical prokaryotic cell, bacterial growth.
  • Cell cycle & Cell Division: The cell cycle and its control within cells. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 LAQ Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 8 2,3,4
2 Worksheets Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Online Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-11-18 Molecular Biology of the Cell W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN 9780815344643 ISBN-13 0815344643

As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill this vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning.

Required Reading
2018-11-19 Essential Cell Biology W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN 9780393680393 ISBN-13 0393680398

This text features lively, clear writing and exceptional illustrations, making it the ideal textbook for a first course in both cell and molecular biology. Thoroughly revised and updated, the Fifth Edition maintains its focus on the latest cell biology research. For the first time ever, Essential Cell Biology will come with access to Smartwork5, Nortons innovative online homework platform, creating a more complete learning experience.

Module Resources