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LLLC0138 Biology for International Foundation Year (1)

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Erica DiMartino

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The aim of this module is provide you with the understanding that, should you wish, you will be well equipped to continue your studies in one of the many disciplines involving life. As such you will be introduced to core concepts and techniques in Biology and encouraged to apply your knowledge to biological problems.


-To provide an introduction to the core concepts and techniques in biology.
-To investigate the nature of biological reactions.
-To build academic skills necessary to facilitate the learning of biology.
-To learn basic practical skills to support the learning of biological concepts.
-To develop a knowledge and understanding of biological theories related to the study of environmental sciences, biology chemistry and physics across the science and engineering disciplines.

Learning outcomes
-Understand cell structure and function.
-Describe the structure and function of important biological molecules.
-Describe the relationship between DNA structure, replication and protein synthesis and how this translates to cell and tissue growth.
-Understand the importance of respiration, its chemical basis and how biological structures and systems support this.
-Understand, and articulate using examples, how organisms respond to their environment.
-Students will be able to apply biological principles in new situations, theoretical and practical.
-Students will be able to describe, explain and interpret results in terms of biological principles and concepts and be able to apply mathematical methods to solve problems in biology.
-When faced with an ethical decision understand and explain the reasoning behind their stance.


-The biology of the cell
-Growth and development within different organisms
-Animals and plants responses to external stimuli
-Respiration: the chemical basis of respiration and systems for gas exchange in plants and animals
-Disease and Immunity
-Bioethics and decision making

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources 30
Private study:
Reading 10
Working problem sets 15
Preparing coursework 15
Revision for examinations 30

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Reflection with essay/exam wrapper activities; Fortnightly quizzes; poster presentations; Group Presentations; critical essay writing; problem sets; and short essays.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentGroup Poster20.00
Assignment2 x 2 hour Problem Sets20.00
In-course Assessment60 minute in-course exam20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

A minimum attendance standard is expected for lab sessions Resits are not available for individual coursework elements in the module. Attendance is required for coursework elements which are linked to an assessment available only at that specific time, such as fieldwork, lab reports on specific labs, and midterms.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Resits for the exam component of the module will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt during the July Resit period in most cases or during the next available opportunity.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2022 16:41:23


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