2022/23 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 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
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 of 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.
- Digestive physiology and environmental impact of livestock farming;
- Microbial fermentation and fractional distillation;
- Arthropod diversity and molecular genotyping;
- Plant identification and invertebrate diversity.
|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 online practicals (reading handouts and associated literature) and in researching coursework elements.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFeedback for the MCQ test. The practical worksheet is annotated and returned to students.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Participation: Completion of non-assessed assignments associated with all practicals||10.00|
|In-course Assessment||'Digestive physiology and environmental impact of livestock farming' worksheet.||40.00|
|In-course MCQ||MCQ test in Minerva||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in the module handbook/Minerva. 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: 23/09/2022
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