Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07
Eleven themes, critical to our understanding of the living world are explored in engaging lectures. Some topics explore evolutionary innovations, others the resilience of life. Throughout the course, we introduce the science that underpins current understanding of biology.
Practical sessions and activities develop your study and laboratory skills, and provide a foundation for a successful transition into university study.
Regular assignments, online tests, practical reports and reading assignments, structure your activities and help you progress through the course material.
Weekly guest lectures about current research helps you to see how basic biological concepts are applied to real world problems.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Main Learning Outcomes
Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally for £15
3 x 1 hour lectures each week and 1 x 3 hour practical every fortnight
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1 two-hour MCQ exam (60%) and in-course assessment (40%). Coursework is composed of a lab notebook grade (5%), two written summaries (5% each) and 5 practical assignments (5% each). Each practical has a pre-lab test which is worth 20% of each practical assignment.
Online tests will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Student performance will be monitored.
Students will receive regular written feedback on each lab report before the start of the next practical class. Students who are identified as having difficulty in correctly completing the formative online tests will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.