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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG1028 Module Title: CELL BIOLOGY
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2111
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: KIRKBY NF Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark ( %)
Unseen examination
Course work
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

An introduction to the essential basics of cell biology required by all chemical engineers working in the environmental, pharma and related industries. We start with an overview of cell biology and biochemistry. Then we take a closer look at bacteria, fungi and mammalian cells, how they work,and how they behave and reproduce. We finish with a look at industrial processes that use, exploit or produce these cells.


Normal entry requirements for degree programmes in Chemical Engineering.

Module Aims
  • To establish a basic appreciation of cell structure and function and their relevance to modern Chemical Engineering
  • To make students aware of the importance and variety of products and processes that depend on cell biology
  • To introduce structural and functional concepts in pro- and eukaryotes
  • To familiarise students with basic concepts of biochemistry for cell biology
  • To establish a firm basis for subsequent Biochemical Engineering and Biomedical Microbial Products modules
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between pro- and eukaryotic cells
  • Describe the roles of all the major structural components of the eukaryotic cell
  • Describe and classify enzymes
  • Compare and contrast DNA and RNA
  • Describe how proteins are manufactured and sent to the correct location within or outside the cell
  • Outline the main processes of cell reproduction
  • Describe the main modalities of membrane transport.
  • Appreciate the ways cells interact with and move within their environment
  • Outline basic bio-processing strategies for a variety of bio-products

Module Content

Classification and evolution of cells
Are bacteria, yeast, plant, insect and mammalian cells related?
Basic cell biology
Classification by structure and function
Basic biochemistry
What chemistry do cells do and how do they do it?
Amino acids and proteins
Nucleic acids, DNA and RNA
Enzymes: classification, kinetics and inhibition.
Prokaryotics cells
Industrially relevant bacteria and thermophiles
Filamentous soil bacteria and antibiotics
Organelles of Eukaryotic cells
Main structures and functions
Yeasts, plant and mammalian cells
Cell reproduction
Budding and fission
The eukaryotic cell cycle
Introduction to bioprocessing and bioreactors

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of Tutorials, a 2 hour examination and 62 hours of independent learning.
Total student learning time = 100 hours

Selected Texts/Journals


Essential Reading:
Required Reading:
Alberts B et al., Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th ed, Garland Publishing, 2002.
Tortora GJ et al., Microbiology: an Introduction, 8th ed, Benjamin/ Cummins, 2004.
Becker WM et al., The world of the cell, 6th ed, Benjamin/ Cummins, 2006
Taylor DJ et al, Biological Science 1, 3rd ed, CUP, 2005
Jones M and Jones G, Advanced Biology, CUP, 2006
Recommended Reading:

Last Updated

30th September 2010