Module Overview

Cell Biology

This module aims to provide students with a foundation in the basic principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell biology and its practical applications. Theoretical content will focus on establishing a basic knowledge of cellular structure, function and cell division including aspects of molecular cell biology, such as DNA and chromosome structure, subcellular architecture and the essential processes of cell division and replication. The practical content focuses on the use of light microscopy to guide students through exploration of cell biology.

Module Code

BIOL 1405

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


  1. Characteristics of living organisms

  2. Classification of living organisms

  3. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure

  4. Viruses and viral life cycles

  5. Principles of light and electron microscopy

  6. Structure and function of Eukaryotic cell organelles

  7. The endomembrane system

  8. Structure and function of the plasma membrane

  9. Structure and function of the cytoskeleton

  10. The role of proteins in transport processes

  11. Osmosis and diffusion

  12. Structure and function of biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). 

  13. DNA replication

  14. Eukaryotic cell cycle

  15. The processes of meiosis and mitosis


Laboratory sessions are closely aligned to theoretic concepts and will reinforce concepts to teach essential laboratory skills in cell biology. Indicative practical activities are listed below

  1. Essentials of microscopy

  2. Preparation of  wet mounts and simple staining techniques

  3. Analysis of eukaryotic cell organelle ultrastructure.

  4. Demonstration of Osmosis in blood cells.

  5. Enzymology.

  6. Mitosis.

Lectures (24 h), tutorials (2h), practical laboratory sessions (14 h), online tools such as animations and videos, self-directed learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30