Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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: 1,3Describe gene structure, expression and regulation: 1,3Discuss the pivotal role of genes in inheritance: 2,3Discuss population genetics within the context of evolution and speciation: 2,3Identify the fundamentals of microbiology: 3
Lectures: 40 hours Practical: 18 hours Tutorials and workshops: 12 hours Examination: 2 hoursExamination lab skills: 1 hourAbstract Preparation: 6 hoursReport preparation: 12 hoursPreparation for lab skills exam: 9 hoursPreparation and reading for lectures: 120 hoursPreparation and reading for labs: 20 hoursPreparation and reading for final exam: 60 hours
1: Assignment weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
Abstract assessmentStudents 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 ReportStudents 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 TestThis 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.