Introduction to Biology
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
29 May 2020
Requisites for this module
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year)
The module aims to provide students with a general understanding and curiosity about biology with a balance of plant biology, animal biology and microbiology. This involves an understanding of the diversity, lifecycles and evolution of life on Earth, together with the biological processes that enable organisms to live, sense and adapt to the ecosystems that they inhabit. It will develop an appreciation of the relevance of sustainability to all aspects of scientific developments relating to biological sciences.
The aims of the module are:
- To ensure that students obtain a broad understanding of basic concepts and terminology relating to the biology of living organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit
- To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding by conducting practical experiments
- To enable students to describe, explain and analyse at the entry level fundamental concepts relating to biology of plants, animals and microbes in an exam situation
- To enhance students' knowledge of and interest in biology by preparing them for undergraduate study of the subject.
On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:
1-Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of biology of plants, animals and microbes;
2-Synthesize, interpret and present biological information from a range of sources;
3-Record, analyse, interpret and present scientific data relating to biological sciences;
4-Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles of biology by clearly communicating ideas in writing;
5-Express complex concepts using accurate terminology in an appropriate academic style;
6-Demonstrate competence in (a) the analysis and interpretation of data and (b) written and verbal communication of experimental results.
- Biological molecules
- Cell Biology
- Exchange and transport
- Control systems
Moodle quiz in week 2, essay under examination conditions in summer term.
Four online Moodle assessments (4 x 10% each, 40% in total). These will consist of approximately 50 questions (or questions totaling 50 marks) that will test the students grasp of material covered during lectures.
Participation mark (Labster simulation marks during classes 10%). Within the Labster platform (an online virtual laboratory simulation) there are a number of multiple-choice questions that are given. These are adaptive, with students gaining full marks for the correct answer on the first attempt, and reduced marks if it takes them multiple attempts. The marks from this are integrated into the Gradebook function of Moodle. These marks will only be given to students who have attended the class and attempted the simulation. The simulations may then be finished in student's own time, and the Labster simulations for each term must be completed before the beginning of the following term.
Virtual lab mark (5%). This will consist of marks gained during the Labster simulations which are set in the virtual lab sessions in the Autumn term. These marks will only be given to students who have attended the virtual lab sessions and attempted the simulations. The simulations may then be finished in student's own time, and all virtual lab simulations must be completed before the end of week 9.
One post-lab Moodle quiz (5%). This will consist of approximately 20 questions (or questions totaling 20 marks) that will test the students grasp of the experiments performed in the Spring term.
Two scientific paper format (SPF) lab reports to assess scientific writing ability, data analysis and presentation skills (both worth 20%; 40% in total).
Timed exam – to include short answer and essay style questions.
Failed Timed Exam:
Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with existing coursework mark to create a new module aggregate.
Resubmit a lab report (1,500 words) and resit a Moodle quiz which will be re-aggregated with existing exam mark to create a new module aggregate. The lab report involves real data from an experiment (provided by the Module Leader).
The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.
Failed Timed Exam and Coursework:
Resit the exam, resubmit a lab report (1,500 words) and resit a Moodle quiz which are aggregated to create a new module aggregate.
Teaching and learning methods
This module will be delivered as follows: one week via 2 x 50-minute lectures and 2 x 1-hour lab, and the following week via 2 x 50-minute lectures, a one-hour class and a one-hour seminar.
There are web, Moodle and library resources for the various topics covered in biology. Summarized lecture material is provided using PowerPoint presentations and practical sessions allow the students to better understand the concepts discussed in lectures with experiments covering those specific topics. Information on each practical is provided in a lab brief (which students will be instructed to have read prior to attending the lab). This ensures that students are appropriately prepared for the practical.
- Sadava, David E.; Hillis, David M.; Heller, H. Craig; Hacker, Sally D. (©2017) Life: the science of biology, Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Moodle Quiz 1
||Post-lab moodle quiz 1
||Moodle Quiz 2
||Moodle Quiz 3
||Post-lab moodle quiz 2
||Moodle Quiz 4
||Post-lab assignment 1
||Post-lab assignment 2
||Short answer exam conditions
||180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Caroline Howlett, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helen Hearn (email@example.com or 01206 872842)
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 327 hours, 45 (13.8%) hours available to students:
282 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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