Module Overview

Principles of Cellular Biology

This module enables first year undergraduate students to develop an overall understanding of fundamental concepts in Biology from an introduction to basic biomolecules, to their roles in the cell. Study of cell structure, function, organisation and diversity will be followed by studies in genetics and cellular physiology, fundamentals of taxonomy, histology and homeostasis. This will provide the student with a good introduction to biology and a firm biological foundation to study whole-body physiological processes in further modules.

Module Code

TFBG 1001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

1.    Structure & function of biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids)
2.    DNA replication
3.    Cell Cycle
4.    Mitosis/Meiosis
5.    Cytology (cell structure, theory, prokaryotes, eukaryotes)
6.    Membrane Structure & movement across membranes
7.    Basic Classical Genetics
8.    Cellular Physiology
9.    Microscopy
10.    Taxonomy
11.    Animal Histology
12.    Homeostasis
13.    Digestion

Information will be presented to facilitate student’s independent learning in lectures and laboratory practicals. Lecture content will be assessed informally with online MCQs to help the students understand their own mastery of the module contents and their relative position in the class. Formal lecture content will be assessed will regular in-class MCQs and final written exam. Suitable biological material will be examined in practicals to support the theoretical information covered in lectures.  

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40