Module code: BMS1043

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

PLANT K Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 4

Laboratory Hours: 9

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (90 MINS) 60%

Alternative Assessment

Where practical classes have been missed or failed students will be set written coursework to assess the underlying principles of the appropriate learning outcomes.  These will reflect the material covered in the original assessment and will carry the same weighting.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module introduces students to the structures within a cell and their functions, including an understanding of the processes by which cells divide and die.  The module then considers how cell structure and function can be adapted to specialise cells for particular purposes, and begins to consider how different types of cell are able to interact with one another and their environment in order to form higher order structures such as tissues and organs.  Overarching these themes are four practical classes which illustrate the way in which cells and tissues can be studied.

Module aims

Establish a basic appreciation of cellular structures, processes and function

Introduce modern techniques in microscopy and cellular investigations

To provide the practical skills needed to examine cellular structure and function

To provide an appreciation of the use of biochemical and histological skills in biomedical and clinical research laboratories

Establish a firm basis for subsequent molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe or identify the intracellular components of the eukaryotic cell and relate their structure to specific functions K
Describe how DNA is organised within the nucleus and outline how access to the nucleus is controlled across the nuclear envelope K
Explain how proteins are manufactured and sent to the correct location within or outside of the cell K
Outline the role of the lysosomes in intracellular digestion and describe the various routes by which macromolecules reach them K
Explain where and how energy is produced in eukaryotic cells K
Discuss the role of the cytoskeleton in intracellular organisation and transport K
Describe the mechanisms of cell division and cell death, and briefly comment on their regulation K
Relate cellular structure to complex tissue organisation and function K
Discuss the principles of the techniques by which subcellular components of mammalian cells can be isolated, how their presence can be verified experimentally, and how such techniques may be utilised in research or diagnostics KC
Identify and describe / draw the cellular structure of organs and tissues from prepared slides, and outline the principles of histochemical staining CP
Perform experimental techniques as instructed making accurate observations; record, analyse and interpret data CPT
Obtain background information from other sources, e.g. the library T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction to the module aims and learning objectives
The nucleus, structure, organisation
Ribosomes and protein synthesis
Endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus
Exocytosis and endocytosis
Lysosomes and peroxisomes
Cytoskeleton and mobility in eukaryotes
Cell turnover: Mitosis, Meiosis and Apoptosis
Visualising tissues and cells
Epithelial tissue
Connective tissue
Junctions between cells
Tutorials: Organelles, Practical report feedback, Cell turnover, Tissues, Exam tutorial

Practical classes:

Subcellular fractionation, organelle separation and identification (TBC)
Identification of human skeletal muscle morphology
Identification of human epithelial tissue by microscopy
Histology, section staining and histochemical analysis

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

BMS1043 is designed to provide students with material that will underpin many of their later modules in a format that is readily accessible and can be referred back to during the rest of their course.  The lectures are designed to give sufficient detail to make the principles of cellular organisation clear so that the control of cellular process and / or pathologies associated with their disruption can be built upon this foundation in later modules. Overarching the lectures are four practical classes which serve to illustrate these principles in a practical setting, as well as to teach students skills of observation, record keeping, interpretation and classification.  Interactive tutorials enable students to discuss problems and explore their understanding of the topic, as well as serving as a vehicle for feedback on progress and assessments.

BMS1043 makes extensive use of SurreyLearn: in addition to lecture notes and reading lists, animations, web links, interactive quizzes (one per topic) and other learning resources are available. These include a formative MCQ; this does not contribute to the final module mark but all students are expected to complete the assessment as part of their learning for BMS1043.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures – 23 h
Tutorials – 5 h (optional tutorial sessions can be arranged during revision week)
Practicals – 4 x 3 h
Quizzes (one per lecture)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

their knowledge of the principles of cell biology (Learning Outcomes 1-8) by MCQ and SAQ examination
their practical, analytical and cognitive skills (Learning Outcomes 9-12) within practical reports


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practical reports:
Practical A: Practical undertaken in week 8; report based on answers to questions – submitted second Tuesday after class (week 10) with format TBC. Practical B: Class based activity undertaken in week11 (timing to be finalised) with report incorporating answers to questions – submitted second Tuesday after class (week 13; format TBC).
Practical C: identification and drawings of tissues – submitted in class during the practical (week 13)
Practical D: proforma for recording and some interpretation of results submitted in class during the practical (week 15) with further questions via SurreyLearn (week 16)
Examination (90 min): 45 MCQ plus 4 SAQ (from a choice of 8)

Formative assessment and feedback

Students can obtain formative feedback from a variety of sources:

verbal feedback from academics or demonstrators during practicals
verbal feedback following lectures or during tutorials
automated feedback to quizzes (overall mark, answers and feedback comments to each question)
feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn or during tutorials as appropriate generic class feedback to practical reports (prior to next deadline)

Reading list

Reading list for CELL BIOLOGY FOR NUTRITION AND SPORTS SCIENCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms1043

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.