2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BLGY1238 Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field
10 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Dr Henry Greathead
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsBiology A level or equivalent
Module replacesBLGY1236 Practical Applied Biology
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module provides hands on experience of conducting research in whole organism biology in both the laboratory and field. A range of methodologies, from the sampling organisms in different habitats to the application of molecular genetic techniques for organism identification, will be used to address evolutionary, ecological and environmental questions, and demonstrate uses of biotechnology.
ObjectivesAn understanding of the experimental techniques that underpin study of whole organism biology. The key objective of this module is to provide training in a range of experimental techniques, and data collection, analysis and interpretation. Through this training technical competence will be developed.
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental biology underpinning the practicals;
- Competently use techniques used in whole organism biology research;
- Analyse and interpret results;
- Communicate results.
- Good Laboratory Practice;
- Core techniques for the study of whole organism biology.
The module is practical-based.
- Phosphorus content of animal excreta;
- Microbial fermentation and fractional distillation;
- Vertebrate evolution;
- Arthropod diversity and molecular genotyping;
- Freshwater biodiversity.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||76.00|
|Total Contact hours||24.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPrivate study will include completion of coursework elements (30h);
Background reading (46h) in support of the practicals (reading handouts and associated literature) and in researching coursework elements.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFeedback is provided by staff and demonstrators during the practical as progress is monitored. Feedback for the MCQ-assessed practicals is provide online. The practical reports and worksheet are annotated and returned to students. Laboratory notebook entries are marked commented upon weekly.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Practical Report||Digestive physiology and environmental impact of livestock farming (Phosphorus practical)||40.00|
|Problem Sheet||completion of practical worksheet||15.00|
|In-course MCQ||Open book exam||40.00|
|In-course Assessment||Lab notebook entries||5.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 25/04/2019
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