CBI-10306 Cell Biology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Learning supported by IT24
Practical intensively supervised24
Problem-based learning12
Course coordinator(s)dr. BML van Kemenade
Lecturer(s)dr. BML van Kemenade
prof. dr. SC de Vries
dr. ir. MJ Ketelaar
Examiner(s)dr. BML van Kemenade

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This course is part of the first year program for Biology, Animal Sciences, Molecular Sciences, Nutrition and Health, Biotechnology, Food Sciences and Plant Sciences students.
Cell Biology forms an introductory and partly specialized course into the structure and function of cells, its organelles and biomolecules.
Special focus is directed to the molecular and biochemical basis of cell function, ultrastructure and function of the different cell organelles, the cytoskeleton and cellular organization and to cell differentiation processes. Basic principles of intra- and extracellular communication processes will be studied to obtain insight into the regulation of cell function in the context of whole tissues, organs and complete organisms.
The basic knowledge obtained should provide a solid basis for several more specialized courses. Results of research into cellular mechanisms are extensively applied in practice. Examples are the recent developments in the fields of biochemistry and gene technology for diagnosis, vaccination, medication, biological pest control and genetic selection.

Learning outcomes:

After following this course the student should have insight into:
- cell structure and the regulation of cell function;
- all in the context of whole tissues, organs and complete organisms.


We start every new week with a new theme. This is introduced during 2 plenary lectures. Subsequently we work in small groups of 10 students and offer case studies with specific tasks that have to be prepared during the week and presented in group discussions at the end of each week. Cases should challenge the students to give an analysis of the different subjects. The goals comprise the knowledge needed to understand and explain the case. For this activity a reader is provided and a special book collection is available. Moreover a blackboard environment is created with specific literature information, ICT modules, movies and powerpoint presentations of the lectures.
A practical course is offered in parallel. Subjects chosen are related to the cases under study. Techniques applied are microscopy and cell biological analyses, supported by computer modules and films. Practical reports provide basic skills in scientific writing.


To monitor individual progress during the course, self-tests are offered at the end of each week. The final exam comprises multiple choice questions.

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc2AF
BASAnimal SciencesBSc2AF
BFTFood TechnologyBSc2MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc2MO
BPWPlant SciencesBSc2MO
BVGNutrition and HealthBSc2MO