BIO1010 : Biology In Action
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Shirley
- Lecturer: Dr Emmi Hall
- Other Staff: Mrs Lorna Smith
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To enable students to learn the skills and disciplines required for them to work independently to find information, read critically, analyse and interpret data logically, and make spoken and written presentations on technical information.
To introduce students to literature and other sources of information dealing with important issues in biology including contemporary global challenges and ethical issues, by attending staff and visitor seminars.
To make students aware of some possible future employment avenues, by attending visiting speaker presentations.
To introduce students to their personal tutors (through tutorials) and other School staff and their research interests (seminars).
Outline Of Syllabus
The main skills to be obtained are:
Library: searching catalogues and databases;
Scientific literature: quality, types, referencing and attribution;
Quantitative data: spreadsheets, data manipulation and calculation, graphical and tabular presentation and interpretation;
Presentations: planning, speaking and illustrating talks and posters.
Topical areas of biology to be used as vehicles for developing these skills using lectures, group work, cluster sessions and tutorials.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Seminar reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Group presentation preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||24:00||24:00||Preparation of formative assessment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Assessed poster preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Group report preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||16||1:00||16:00||6 lectures and 10 seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Data display and analysis exercise|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Literature Review preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||7||1:30||10:30||PC cluster sessions including test|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||7||1:00||7:00||Data display and analysis practice|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||10||1:00||10:00||Tutorial preparation and follow up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||1:30||1:30||Extra help on data display and analysis.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||Lecture and seminar follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||Independent research|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Key skills are introduced in lectures and discussed further in tutorials. Work from different research areas is presented in the seminars. Small group activities and relay of feedback occur in tutorials. Computer practicals deal with the use of software for display and analysis of data, and for use of Endnote.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||8||500 word seminar report|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||Group project report|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||10||Poster session|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Group presentation on project report|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Data handling exercise|
|Written exercise||1||M||7||500 word seminar report|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Data handling test|
|Written exercise||2||M||20||1500 word literature review|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessments have been set to assess the extent of knowledge and skills acquisition whilst practicing writing. Essay tasks test ability to integrate knowledge and use all skills acquired through the module, while poster and presentation sessions test teamwork capacity and communication ability.