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BIO1010 : Biology In Action

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Literature Review preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Seminar reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Group presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Preparation of formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Assessed poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Group report preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:006 lectures and 10 seminars
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Data display and analysis exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical71:3010:30PC cluster sessions including test
Guided Independent StudySkills practice71:007:00Data display and analysis practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00Tutorial preparation and follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:301:30Extra help on data display and analysis.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Independent research
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Lecture and seminar follow up
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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M8500 word seminar report
Written exercise1M20Group project report
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Poster session
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Group presentation on project report
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Data handling exercise
Written exercise1M7500 word seminar report
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Data handling test
Written exercise2M201500 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.

Reading Lists