Molecular & Cellular Biology BSc/MSci

Cell Compartmentalisation 4Y option BIOL4191

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to offer students exposure to state-of-the-art knowledge in aspects of cellular biochemistry and cell biology. 


There are normally 3 hours of teaching on Fridays.

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of a prescribed review of a research paper (25%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to explore cellular compartmentalisation, with an emphasis on new advances in several key areas, notably around protein synthesis (e.g. the structure of the ribosome, protein insertion into the ER, etc), protein sorting, the integration of signalling and trafficking, the use of model organisms to probe complex cellular systems, and integrating material from 'omic' technologies. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

■ Evaluate current approaches and methodologies undertaken by researchers in dedicated aspects of Cell Biology; 

■ Apply core molecular and cellular biology principals to key questions in the field; 

■ Discuss aspects of protein synthesis, from translation to ER insertion, and post-translational translocation to mitochondria;

■ Discuss aspects of organelle function and membrane-less compartmentalisation;

■ Discuss aspects of cellular homeostasis

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.