Biological Membranes - BIOS6040

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


Cells and subcellular compartments are separated from the external milieu by lipid membranes with protein molecules inserted into the lipid layer. The aim of this module is to develop understanding of both the lipid and protein components of membranes as dynamic structures whose functions are integrated in cellular processes.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38
Private study hours: 112
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical (30%) 2500 word limit based on combined computer and wet lab investigation
Exam, 2 hr (70%)

Indicative reading

Core texts:
Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. D.L. Nelson and M. M. Cox. 7th edition, W.H. Freeman (Macmillan), 2017; and
Membrane Structural Biology: with Biochemical and Biophysical Foundations. M. Luckey, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2014
In addition, students will be given references to articles in a number of key review and to primary research papers

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of membrane structure, traffic and transport, and understand the molecular basis of several common genetic diseases in this area.
Demonstrate ability to integrate data from laboratory and computer-based analyses.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a range of computer skills important to final year projects and to scientific research.
Demonstrate the ability to solve honours level problems using scientific data.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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