10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A-Level Biology or Equivalent Scientific Qualification

Aims/Description: In this module, we will explore the basics of genes and genetics and of cell biology, including (i) the structure and replication of DNA, (ii) the molecular biology of gene function, (iii) transcription and translation, (iv) the inheritance of DNA, (v) the generation and consequences of genetic variation,(vi) mitosis, meiosis and recombination, (vii) the structure of plant and animal cells, (viii) the cell cycle, (ix) how cells communicate and (x) how cells move. An emphasis will be placed on how genetics and cell biology can provide great insight into many topics in Biology, e.g. human medicine and agriculture.

Staff Contact: Professor Richard Leegood
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam
WebCT resources are available for this module

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