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LLLC0181 Applied Biology

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Stephen Maw

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

While studying on this module you will apply biological and chemical concepts to the understanding of (and purposeful treatment of) disease. We will look at recent advances in medicinal concepts in regulating the normal biological operations of organisms.


The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of selected topics around the study life as well as build approaches to apply this knowledge.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Present biological concepts and ideas using precise language and scientific terminology and notation
2. Describe the chemical methods we use to treat symptoms of disease
3. Use data to infer and support biological concepts, and describe how data is used by the field of medicine to inform best practice
4. Model effective learning practice
5. Apply subject specific knowledge in preparation to progress onto a student’s identified STEM or Heathcare undergraduate degree programme


The content will cover areas such as:
- Biochemistry
- Gene therapy
- Biology in clinical practice
- Drug discovery methods
- Drug delivery mechanisms
- Case study: Cancer treatments

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours28.00
Private study hours50.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources - 28
Private study:
Reading - 10
Working problem sets - 10
Preparing coursework - 10
Revision for examinations - 10
Preparation for practical sessions - 10

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In the first semester coursework will be predominately summative to encourage student engagement with the academic content and with the practice of independent study. In the second semester this scaffolding is removed and the focus shifts to more formative assessment to further develop the appropriate skills as independent learners to support undergraduate study.
General feedback on assignment performance will be posted on Minerva, while individual feedback will also be provided upon marking of assignments. Students will also participate in self and peer review across the foundation year.
Reflection activities, active learning workshops, in-lecture MCQs.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportMulti media presentation40.00
Group ProjectProblem based Learning Assessment30.00
In-course Assessment2 problem sets30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Due to the developmental and pedagogical nature of some assessments and timings, there is not a viable opportunity to provide a resit for the following: Science mid-terms in the first semester; laboratory sessions provided by external departments, or after a coursework deadline has passed and the model answers have been shared. If a student fails the module coursework the resit opportunity will be an equivalent problem based learning assessment in July. Students who miss any of these learning opportunities can apply for mitigating circumstances and potentially could be given consideration at the exam board.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10


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