BMOL40040 Cell growth, differentiation and death

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module forms part of the curriculum for stage 4 of the B.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. It covers the molecular mechanisms involved in cell growth, differentiation and cell death. Topics covered: Cell division, the cell cycle, growth factors and cellular differentiation: mechanisms of programmed cell death (apoptosis); relevance of cell growth and apoptosis to development and cancer; advances in apoptosis targetting and apoptosis inducing therapeutics; autophagy and cell death.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe the molecular mechanisms involved in the processes of the cell cycle, cell growth and cell death.
- Recognise the importance of cellular differentiation in the context of whole organism development
- Discuss the role of apoptosis in the immune response and as a consequence to cell damage.
- Understand how knowledge of specific cellular pathways has lead to the development of therapeutics for disease.
- Know the mechanism and importance of autophagy in the eukaryotic cell.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures; critical writing; reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: 2 hr written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
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Name Role
Assoc Professor Carmel Hensey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Margaret McGee Lecturer / Co-Lecturer