Cellular Communication module (BS21002)

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Semester 1

To introduce and broaden knowledge and understanding of key inter- and intra-cellular communication mechanisms with reference to selected examples of relevance to both biological and biomedical contexts. This module will provide you with an overview of inter- and intra-cellular communication mechanisms (e.g. paracrine, endocrine, hormonal and neural) and subsequent cell responses.

On successful completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • key extracellular signalling molecules, receptor types and cell response (e.g. changes in gene expression and protein modifications)
  • the general modes of action of steroid and peptide hormones
  • neurotransmission (e.g. compare and contrast with hormones)
  • nitric oxide signalling in the cardiovascular system
  • plant cell signalling
  • regulation of the cell cycle


  • access and use a range of defined and self- selected (with guidance) learning resources to further your studies
  • evaluate own learning, identifying strengths and weaknesses within criteria largely set by others
  • use the knowledge gained to solve a set of typical problems in the biological sciences
  • work individually and in groups to extract pertinent information from the scientific literature


This module is available on following courses: