Transferable Skills in Life Sciences

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 20 March 2020
12 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C100 Biological Sciences,
BSC C101 Biological Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C102 Biological Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C164 Marine Biology,
BSC CC60 Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MMB C160 Marine Biology,
BSC C200 Human Biology,
BSC C201 Human Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

Students will develop their transferable skills in scientific writing (including referencing and avoiding plagiarism), teamwork and communication through oral presentations, study and research skills (including essay writing, lecture note taking, use of library and databases). Teaching and learning will be through a mixture of lectures, classes, and tutorials. The emphasis will be on small group, tutorial style teaching and interaction with students on your course, with assessments tailored to your degree subject area.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide all 1st year Bioscience students with the necessary transferable skills to enhance performance in other first year modules and to prepare you for your second and third year coursework and exams, as well as to improve employability.

Module learning outcomes

1. retrieve and manage information from appropriate sources including textbooks, journals and the internet;
2. communicate information effectively in a variety of oral and written formats;
3. develop skills in planning, team-working and reflection on your performance.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

8 hours lectures 6 hours classes 10 hours tutorials


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Lab Skills (Moodle)    20% 
Coursework   Exam Essay Practice (hardcopy)    5% 
Coursework   Essay 1   08/11/2019  5% 
Coursework   Your Future: Worksheet  15/11/2019  5% 
Coursework   WBL Group Challenge   31/01/2020  20% 
Coursework   Essay 2  07/02/2020  20% 
Coursework   Oral Presentation  14/02/2020  20% 
Coursework   CV/360 feedback  20/03/2020  5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Louise Beard, email:
Dr Louise Beard, Library, Talent Development Centre, Plus Tutors



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 371 hours, 62 (16.7%) hours available to students:
309 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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