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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title How life works 1
Module Code BE101
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Christine Loscher
Semester 2: Christine Loscher
Autumn: Christine Loscher
Module TeachersChristine Loscher
Jacinta Morrison
Keith Rochfort
Gaetan Thilliez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of the cell and to focus on the basic biochemistry & molecular detail of prokaryotes & eukaryotes which includes a basic introduction to microorganisms.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and explain the function of the components/organelles of a cell
2. Describe the process of cell division
3. Discuss the molecular composition of cells
4. Describe basic biochemical processes that take place within cells such as cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis
5. Describe the different groups of microorganisms - bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses
6. Discuss the diversity of microorganisms - structural and metabolic
7. Discuss microorganisms with respect to benefits and disease
8. Describe microbial growth and discuss control of microbial growth

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology (with minimum 50% online delivery)
Assignment Completion12Online reading assignments and MCQ quizzes
Independent Study79Engagement with online book and resources
Tutorial10Student input regarding material covered, would ideally include an online student led end of Semester revision quiz
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Structure of the Cell - prokaryotic and eukaryotic

Important structures/functions within the cell

Cell Division

Information flow in a cell

Biomolecules - carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids

Metabolism, cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis

Introduction to microorganisms

Structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms

Microorganisms and beneficial applications

Microorganisms and disease

Microbial growth

Industrial application of microorganisms (useful products)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityAn online system will be used to do weekly reading assignments with an online formative MCQ quiz10%Week 5
Completion of online activityAn online system will be used to do weekly reading assignments with an online formative MCQ quiz10%Week 10
Loop QuizSummative online MCQ quiz80%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Robert Brooker and Eric Widmaier and Linda Graham and Peter Stiling: 0, Biology, (McGraw-Hill) by Brooker (ebook),
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ACBSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sc.
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BGEBiological Sciences General Entry
BMEDB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
BTBSc in Biotechnology
CGEChemical Sciences General Entry
ESTBSc in Environmental Science & Tech
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SMPSCSingle Module Prog Science and Health
Date of Last Revision11-JAN-12

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