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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Module Code NS133
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Keith Rochfort
Semester 2: Keith Rochfort
Autumn: Keith Rochfort
Module TeachersPatricia Johnson
Keith Rochfort
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is designed to enable the student to develop an understanding of the basic structure and function of human cells and how they communicate to form tissues, organs and organ systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appreciate the structure and function of human cells.
2. Demonstrate an ability to distinguish between Human Eukaryotic cells and Prokaryotic cells.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major macromolecules in the body and provide a knowledge of the building blocks of carbohydrates, fats, nucleic acids and proteins
4. Identify the major organelles in the cell and consider their role in the provision of energy, structure etc., to the organism
5. Appreciate the nature and behaviour of heredity determinants
6. Demonstrate a knowledge of how cells amalgamate to form tissues
7. Appreciate the four major tissue types in the body.
8. Exhibit an understanding of the fundamentals of medical microbiology

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30No Description
Independent Study78Associated reading and online resources
Online activity2MCQ quiz
Online activity5Viewing online videos
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

Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Human Genetics


Functional characteristics of blood

Structural and functional organisation of the Human Body

Medical Microbiology

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment10% Examination Weight90%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop Quizn/a10%n/a
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

  • Freeman S. Biological Science, Pearson, Prentice Hall Resources: 2016, Biological Science, 6th, Chapters 3-9,11,12,15,28-35, Prentice Hall, 978-032184180
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision30-JAN-12

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