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Advanced cell biology BIO515

Advanced cell biology covers the understanding of how cells collaborate in multicellular organisms. Cells are small and soft with only a thin membrane protecting them from their surroundings, yet together they form complex constructs such as a human body. Most of the cells in multicellular organisms are organized into cooparative assemblies called tissues, which in turn are organized into organs. In this subject we explore how cells interact in complex structures such as tissues and rely on extracellular matrix and vasculature to sustain their viability. The course will focus on how dysfunction of the cells can lead to disease, especially focusing on cancer. Experimental techniques commonly used to study human cells will be explored.  

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





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Learning outcome

The students will have good knowledge of the hierarchy of cells in multicellular organisms and the interplay that exist to keep them growing in an orderly fashion.

The students will get specialised knowledge about which processes can be dysregulated to cause disease and how we can study these using different cell model systems.

The students will aquire skills in rendering of scientific litterature, make and perform oral presentations to their peers and scientific writing skills. 

Required prerequisite knowledge
BIO100 Cell Biology
BIO 100 Cell biology or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites
BIO110 Anatomy and Physiology for Biological Chemistry, BIO200 Biochemistry
BIO110 Human physiology and anatomy, BIO 200 Biochemistry
Eksamen / vurdering

Group assignments and home exam

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Group assignments 1/2 A - F
Home exam 1/2 2 Weeks A - F

Continuous assessment and written examinations.The course relies on active student engagement and assessments of presentations of two different group assignements will count as 50% of the final grade. Peer to peer feedback will allow for grade adjustments based on participations in the group work with course leader as administrator. Lab reports based on taught experimental cell techniques will be given a pass/no pass grade. All lab reports need to be passed before being able to take the home exam. The home exam will be on a chosen topic amongst listed thematic areas by the course leader and the students have 2 weeks to complete the exam after the topics have been announced. The home exam will undergo plagiarism checks and count as 50% of the final grade. 

Coursework requirements
Obligatory lab reports
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Hanne Røland Hagland
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Course coordinator: Hanne Røland Hagland
Method of work
The course will be taught using flipped-classroom and blended learning focused on student engagement and active learning. Students will work in groups through the different topics in the scheduled teaching hours which requires 80% attendance. Two of the group assignments will be presented orally for the rest of the class on a given topic which will be part of the final grade. Lab sessions will be taught focusing on understanding experimental techniques to investigate human cancer cells. 
Open for
Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
The topic will be subject to change based on student feedback during 
The syllabus can be found in Leganto