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LLLC0179 The Biology of Populations

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Kathryn Plant

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

By taking this module students will gain an understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environment, both currently and historically. Students will get the opportunity to manipulate datasets, make conclusions from evidence and work through scenarios as way of learning the underpinning science. There is also a field visit.


The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of selected topics around the study life as it applies to population biology 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. Use data to infer and support biological concepts, in particular in relation to genetics based problems
3. Manipulate and interpret data, particularly in relation to the fields of evolution and ecology


The content will cover areas such as…
- Genetics: inheritance and gene distribution
- Evolution and adaptation
- Ecology, biodiversity and conservation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours55.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources - 19

Private study:
Reading - 12
Working problem sets - 12
Preparing coursework - 12
Revision for examinations - 12
Preparation for practical sessions - 12

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkGenetics Problems20.00
Written WorkEcology Problems20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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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