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740366A Cellular Communication, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 740366A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Cellular Communication  Abbreviation Cellular Commun 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3254 Biochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
    740362A Cellular Biology
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Thomas Kietzmann 

ECTS Credits 

6 credits

Language of instruction 



B.Sc. yr3 autumn

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion students are able to:

  • name, list and discuss the major intra- and intercellular signalling pathways
  • present, describe and discuss characteristic features of signalling pathways
  • describe how to study, examine and analyse signalling pathways

The course covers basic aspects of the main cellular signalling pathways. The main emphasis will be made on the signalling pathways involved in the action of various hormones, growth factors, lipid-derived signaling molecules, and their cell surface and intracellular receptors, intracellular second messengers and protein kinases and phosphatases. The course involves a 40 h practical course (+written reports) in which cultured cells are used as targets to visualize certain hormone or drug-induced signaling molecules, their interactions, and how these regulate e.g. normal cell growth and/or cell death in culture. Attendance at practical course is obligatory.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

 20 h lectures, 32 h practicals

Target group 

Major students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Cellular biology

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 


Assessment methods and criteria 

Laboratory practicals, final exam

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Person responsible 

Thomas Kietzmann

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Location of instruction: Kontinkangas campus


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