Welcome to Human Biology at Keele

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Human Biology course at Keele. I hope that you will take full advantage of all the opportunities offered to you over the next three or four years. 

Our Human Biology course is designed to equip you with a broadly based understanding of the human body in health and disease. You will learn about the physiology of the major systems of the body, about the impact of nutrition and environment on health, human genetics, development and evolution. A number of modules at levels 5 and 6 address issues that relate to our ever changing lifestyles and have a global perspective, including nutrition, advances in scientific research and technologies that have improved our understanding of health and disease.  A number of opportunities available to get work experience and broaden your horizons and build up your career prospects during your studies; including study abroad, international year and placements. I encourage you to express your interest in these areas to either myself or your personal tutor as early as possible and we will be able to guide you accordingly. 

My colleagues and I are looking forward to seeing you at the start of the new academic year and we hope that you will enjoy your time at Keele.

Best wishes

Dr Mirna Mourtada-Maarabouni
Human Biology Programme Director

There is no specific preparation that you need to do before you embark on your degree studies in Human Biology. I encourage you to make the most of this summer since the next two summers will undoubtedly be busy, either doing work placements or planning your future career or studying.

If, you are keen to refresh yourselves and get started, then we recommend you prepare by reading chapters from the following textbook s which are the two main textbooks we refer to in the first year:

Molecular cell biology 7th Edition – Harvey Lodish; Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Anthony Bretscher, Hidde Ploegh, Angelika Amon & Matthew P. Scott

Principles of Human Physiology 2nd Edition - WJ Germann & CL Stanfield.

If you have not studied A-level Biology / Human Biology then a good starting point would be:

Human Biology 13th Edition - Sylvia Mader & Michael Windelspecht

It is not essential that you buy these textbooks as multiple copies are available in the University library. However, you may find it convenient to have your own copy.

Other essential equipment to bring or purchase when you are here:

  • Equipment for taking notes, including pens and a pad of paper, essential for lecture and practical sessions.
  • Basic drawing equipment, including pencils and a rubber, essential in practical sessions.
  • An electronic calculator (with basic scientific functions, such as log, ln and ex).

You do not need to buy a labcoat for Human Biology, this will be provided to you at your first lab session.

In-course assessments have to be submitted electronically (in addition to a hard copy), in most cases. Although there are plenty of computers available on campus, you may find it useful to have a laptop computer of your own. As a student you will be eligible for versions of Microsoft Software at greatly reduced prices, so it is advisable to wait until you have registered at Keele University before buying software licences.  

You will also need a portable memory stick which will be useful for keeping backup copies of your work. Keele computers are currently running Windows 7 and Office 2010. Student email accounts are administered through Google and you will therefore have access to Google drive, as additional back-up space. Students have often lost important documents to meet deadlines, when their laptops have malfunctioned or been stolen! You are strongly advised to keep back-up copies of all your work whenever possible, to avoid such incidents.

Monday 30/09/2019 from 14.00-15.00 Welcome to the School in HUX015

Monday 30/09/2019 from 13.00-14.00 Human Biology Welcome Room WM0.02.

Thursday 03/10/2019 Thursday 2-5 Lab Introduction HUX232

  • Life Sciences Notice Board
  • Keele University Students’ Union
  • Student Support
  • Student Support & Experience (incl. Maths Open Learning Service – drop-in service to assist with maths and statistics; Keele mentor programme – mentoring from a current student)
  • Independent Advice Unit

Feel free to contact the Human Biology Programme Director, Dr Mirna Mourtada-Maarabouni (email: m.m.maarabouni@keele.ac.uk) or the Human Biology Course Administrator, Mrs Susan Andrews (email: s.j.andrews@keele.ac.uk), if you have any specific questions.