BIO1010 : Biology In Action (Inactive)

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


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Homework tasks (preparation of formative assessment)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Preparation for written assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture44:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for data test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for data assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Preparation for presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Preparation for group project report (inc meetings with group)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical71:3010:30Computer Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:3010:30Interactive lectures/workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:458:15Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:4511:45Independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Preparation and follow up for tutorials
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Group project report (max 3000 per group)
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Poster session
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Group presentation on project report
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Data handling exercise
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Data handling test
Written exercise2M301500 word written exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MDraft version of group project report
Written exercise1MSeries 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.

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