LSC-20085 - Cell Signalling
Coordinator: Mirna M Maarabouni Room: Third Floor Roo Tel: +44 1782 7 33679
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

Cell to cell communication is fundamental for multi-cellular organisms as cells are required to communicate with their environment and among themselves in order to respond to particular stimuli. Such response is then integrated at the system level for the proper functioning of the organism.
Not surprisingly, dysregulation of cellular communication causes many diseases including cancer.
Cell to cell communication involves many signalling pathways. These signalling pathways regulate multiple cellular processes by acting through sensors to stimulate molecules that are responsible for controlling different important cellular processes. This module explores these signalling pathways and provides details on their molecular components and their mode of action. The module also places an emphasis on independent study and further develops skills in the in the acquisition, analysis and written communication of scientific information.

Aims
The aims of this module are to give students a thorough background in the signalling mechanisms by which mammalian cells are regulated. The module provides a detailed description of the main modes of cell-cell communication, the major classes of signalling molecules and the receptor types upon which they act. It then focuses on the molecular details of these receptors and their associated signal transduction pathways.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/lsc-20085/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain the main modes of cell-cell communication, the major classes of signalling molecules and the receptor types upon which they act: 1,2
describe the mode of action of receptors and discuss how they can activate major signalling pathways: 1,2
evaluate the involvement of cell signalling pathways in disease processes and how these pathways are targeted for therapeutic intervention in a named disease: 1,2
analyse and critically evaluate the context and results of primary scientific literature related to cell signalling: 1,2
locate and retrieve information from scientific literature: 1,2

Study hours

12 hours of tutorials/discussion activities supporting asynchronous content
1 hour of tutorial related to the literature review assessment
14 x 4 hours engagement with asynchronous content
2 hours completion of online, open book examination
40 hours completion of literature review
39 hours independent study; examination preparation/revision and engaging with directed reading

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Open Book Examination weighted 65%
Online Open Book Exam
The paper will be released on KLE as word document at 9am on the morning of the exam. The paper will contain a choice of two out of four essay type questions. Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 2 hours. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. For essay-based questions, typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per question. We recommend that students do not exceed 750 words per essay-based question as we will be assessing the quality of your answer, not the quantity.

2: Literature Review weighted 35%
2000 word literature review
2000 word literature review based on the involvement of cell signalling pathways in disease processes and how these pathways are targeted for therapeutic interventions.