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Syllabus ( BENG 333 )


   Basic information
Course title: Cell Biology and Cellular Mechanisms
Course code: BENG 333
Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bengü ERGÜDEN
ECTS credits: 4
GTU credits: 3 ()
Year, Semester: 3, Fall
Level of course: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: BENG 223
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: The purpose of this course is to introduce structure of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells as well as cellular events in these systems at molecular level.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. describe the structure and structure-function relationship of eukaryotic cells at the molecular level

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Convert biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles into novel applications for the benefit of society,
    3. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  2. describe the functional mechanisms of cellular structures using their knowledge about basic genetic and biochemical events

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Convert biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles into novel applications for the benefit of society,
    3. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  3. define how cellular signal transduction mechanisms activate and suppress various cellular pathways

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Convert biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles into novel applications for the benefit of society,
    3. Combine and effectively integrate knowledge acquired from different disciplines.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
   Contents Up
Week 1: Membrane Structure
Week 2: Membrane Transport of Small Molecules
Week 3: Intracellular Compartments and Protein Sorting
Week 4: Quiz 1
Intracellular Vesicular Traffic
Week 5: Energy Conversion: Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
Week 6: Quiz 2
Mechanisms of Cell Communication
Week 7: The Cytoskeleton
Week 8: Midterm Exam
The Cell Cycle
Week 9: Cancer
Week 10: Quiz 3
Programmed Cell Death: Apoptosis
Week 11: Sexual Reproduction, Meiosis
Week 12: Quiz 4
Cell Junctions, Cell Adhesion, and the Extracellular Matrix
Week 13: Specialized Tissues, Stem Cells, and Tissue Renewal
Week 14: Pathogens, Infection, and Immunity
Week 15*: -
Week 16*: Final Exam
Textbooks and materials: Molecular Biology of the Cell. Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, James Watson, and Julian Lewis. 6th eddition, 2015. Garland Science.
Recommended readings: 1) Karp's Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, Gerald Karp, Janet Iwasa, Wallace Marshall, 8th Edition. Wiley.
2) Molecular Cell Biology. Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew P. Scott, Anthony Bretscher, Hidde Ploegh, Paul Matsudaira. 8th eddition. Macmillan Learning.
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 8 30
Other in-term studies: 0
Project: 0
Homework: 0
Quiz: 4, 6, 10, 12 20
Final exam: 16 50
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 13
Own studies outside class: 3 14
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 0 0
Term project: 0 0
Term project presentation: 0 0
Quiz: 1 4
Own study for mid-term exam: 6 1
Mid-term: 2 1
Personal studies for final exam: 10 1
Final exam: 2 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
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  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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