Cell Biology and Genetics is the last course of semester 2 and for this year for the Biomedicine Bachelor students, so here is a quick overview of the course. The course is different to the previous ones we have had so far in the sense that it is broken down into three parts. The first one is the cell biology part, the second is the Molecular Biology and Genetics part and the final part is Integration of cell and molecular biology.
The course is of 20 higher education credit points (hp) with 6 hp for part one, 9 hp for part 2 and 5 hp for the last part. Here’s a quick overview of all three parts. Later on as each part of the course is completed I will also provide an in-depth review of them.
Part 1- Cell biology, 6 hp
In this part of the course, starting from March we study the molecular and cellular basic functions of life and the cell. The focus is mainly on mechanisms of a multicellular organism such as cell growth and how it develops, how cells interact, cell specialisation such as stem cells and cell differentiation. It covers the basic functions of a cell and talks about human development since germ cells till embryo development and more. We have three labs and one examination at the end of the course in March. I will elaborate more on the examination and labs in another post with more details. All in all this part of the course sort of lasts for a month and takes place in the Solna campus.
Part 2- Molecular biology and genetics, 9 hp
In the second part of the course the focus shifts to learning everything about genes mainly gene regulation in eukaryotes and the methods used to study gene regulation. These methods include bioinformatics, model system etc. In clinical genetics the emphasis is on human hereditary diseases. There are 4 major integrated modules in this part of the course which are medical genetics, molecular biological techniques, bioinformatics and structural biology. The course will take place in the Huddinge campus. There is one lab and a computer lab involved.
Part 3- Integrating Project, 5 hp
The course ends with this part however the integrating project runs parallel to both the other parts of the course. It involves working in a group throughout the course on important diseases as themes such as chronic depression, SCID etc. Research is carried out on the assigned disease and a model of the cell is made showing the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the diseased cell. It combines knowledge from both Part 1 and 2 and therefore is highly interesting. At the end of the course in around May we give an oral presentation as a group about the assigned theme.
So this was a general overview of the course. As each part and module is completed I will provide more details about it. Personally, learning about the cells and observing them under microscopes sounds pretty cool! Hope the course turns out to be fun.
That’s all for now!
See you around,
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