BIO1010 : Biology In Action (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Graham
- Lecturer: Dr Emmi Hall
- 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 develop literature, writing, numeracy, research, presentation and IT skills. This includes finding information, reading critically, analysing and interpreting data logically, and making spoken and written presentations on technical information. To introduce students to their personal tutors through tutorials.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will include lectures, interactive lectures (workshops), computer classes and tutorials.
Interactive lectures (with input from the Writing Development Centre, Library and Careers as necessary) will cover topics such as types of literature, searching strategies, resources, referencing, EndNote, poster design, answering exam questions, verbal presentations and slide preparation, scientific writing, employability skills.
Computer classes will cover data manipulation, presentation, analysis and interpretation, and statistics.
Tutors will use tutorial sessions to reinforce taught material, review assessed work and conduct associated exercises in a less formal small group atmosphere.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||10||1:00||10:00||Preparation for presentation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||25:00||25:00||Preparation for group project report (inc meetings with group)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Poster preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Homework tasks (preparation of formative assessment)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||25:00||25:00||Preparation for written assignment|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||4||4:00||16:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for data test|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for data assignment|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||23:00||23:00||Background reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||7||1:30||10:30||Computer Classes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||7||1:30||10:30||Interactive lectures/workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||1:00||10:00||Preparation and follow up for tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||11||0:45||8:15||Lecture follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||11:45||11:45||Independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Interactive lectures and computer classes introduce students to key concepts and allow them the opportunity to develop expertise in a range of fundamental scientific skills.
Tutorial sessions will allow students to meet with their tutor in small groups to further enhance key skills and concepts developed in taught practical sessions and during independent study.
Students will be directed to supporting information to consolidate their learning by guided independent study. Students will be encouraged to become more independent in their learning at this stage in their programmes, developing key skills such as Active Learning, Goal Setting and Action Planning, Decision Making, and Initiative, which they will require at Levels 5 and 6.
Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for their formative and summative coursework. They will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the taught sessions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||25||Group project report (max 3000 per group)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||10||Poster session|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Group presentation on project report|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Data handling exercise|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Data handling test|
|Written exercise||2||M||30||1500 word written exercise|
|Written exercise||1||M||Draft version of group project report|
|Written exercise||1||M||Series of homework exercises linked to workshops|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The poster will give students an opportunity to present scientific information in an accessible manner. The group project report will give students the opportunity to work as a team to produce a coherent final product. In producing the report, students will need to use literature searching, note-taking, decision-making and academic writing skills. A linked group presentation will assess students on their ability to produce visual resources for a specific audience and present a verbal commentary. The data exercise and test will assess the students’ ability to manipulate, present, analyse and interpret data and use statistics. The final written exercise will assess students’ ability to demonstrate their expertise in scientific writing. In addition it will examine their use of the relevant literature to support their ideas and their ability to present information in an appropriate scientific format.
The formative coursework assessment provide students with the opportunity to gain feedback on a draft version of the group report prior to it's final submission. The formative homework exercises are designed to supplement student learning from scheduled workshops.