LSC-10085 - Fundamentals of Biology
Coordinator: Nawroz Kareem Room: 304 Tel: +44 1782 7 33671
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge you will need as you start your biological degree.
You will learn essentials of cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, and how evolutionary processes have generated the world┐s biodiversity.
This is a very lab-based module and you will develop core practical skills and the ability to communicate science to a scientific audience.

This module aims to provide the student with a broad overview of the fundamental knowledge of biology, from the cellular and molecular level to the evolution of complex living organisms.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Discuss the fundamentals of cell biology: 1,3
Describe gene structure, expression and regulation: 1,3
Discuss the pivotal role of genes in inheritance: 2,3
Discuss population genetics within the context of evolution and speciation: 2,3
Identify the fundamentals of microbiology: 3

Study hours

Lectures: 40 hours
Practical: 18 hours
Tutorials and workshops: 12 hours
Examination: 2 hours
Examination lab skills: 1 hour
Abstract Preparation: 6 hours
Report preparation: 12 hours
Preparation for lab skills exam: 9 hours
Preparation and reading for lectures: 120 hours
Preparation and reading for labs: 20 hours
Preparation and reading for final exam: 60 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 20%
Abstract assessment
Students will write an abstract of 500 words on a scientific topic that will be discussed in semester one. This assessment will be submitted an online (Turnitin Submission).

2: Short Paper weighted 30%
Individual Report
Students will prepare an individual scientific paper (1500 words, font 12 single spaced report), based on virtual lab provided in semester 2. This assessment will be submitted an online (Turnitin Submission).

3: Online Tasks weighted 50%
Online Test
This paper will be released as a timed test in Blackboard. Students will find a link to this test on KLE on the day of the assessment. Once started, students will be given 3 hrs to complete. This is 1 hour more than we expect most students will actually need. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones. This test will comprise a number of multiple choice and short answer questions that will be used to test knowledge and understanding of the taught material across the module. All questions are compulsory. Students should pay careful attention to the number of points that each question is worth. In general, we would expect only one or two sentences for each point. Adjustments: We have added an additional 1 hour to this test than is ordinarily needed to complete. By doing this, we do not expect that any student will require additional time due to dyslexia or disability.