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Biological Science (Human)

Module titleBiological Science (Human)
Module codeINT0060
Academic year2021/2
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides a basic introduction to biological concepts to underpin a first year of undergraduate study in medical, biological and related sciences with an emphasis on human biology.  Topics covered are: cell structure and function, membranes and transport, biological molecules including nucleic acids and enzymes, cell division and simple genetics, an overview of body systems and how they interact to maintain the complete organism.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide a foundation knowledge of biological science, human body systems and homeostasis which gives the preparatory biological requirement for progression to the first year of an undergraduate programme in medicine or related medical or biological sciences.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic biology concepts
  • 2. Describe the major systems of the human body and their interdependence
  • 3. Describe the role of control systems in keeping a stable internal environment
  • 4. Understand the process of scientific method as it applies to laboratory work, research and development
  • 5. Be able to process data achieved by practical means, be able to draw logical conclusions and appreciate the accuracy and limitations of the methods used

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of basic biology
  • 7. Describe and begin to evaluate aspects of knowledge in the medical and biological sciences with reference to data sources outside of lectures

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Work towards taking responsibility for your own learning and work independently
  • 9. Develop effective communication skills

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Basic Biological techniques
  • Cellular structure and function – eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, aggregation of cells
  • Membranes – structure and methods of transport across
  • Biomolecules – Water, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids
  • Enzymes – Structure and Function
  • DNA and RNA Protein synthesis
  • DNA technologies - genetic engineering, DNA profiling
  • Cell cycle – mitosis and meiosis
  • Genetics – monohybrid and dihybrid inheritance
  • The body as an organism (organisation, body systems and tissue types)
  • Overview of the major Body Systems
  • Communication and control (including homeostasis and human defence mechanisms)

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities90Formal teaching/lecture, group tutorials and supervised group work, e-learning activities
Guided Independent Study210Preparation for lectures and tutorial exercises. Reading and research. Preparing and carrying out coursework exercises


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework10 minute presentation2, 7-9Written or verbal from peer or lecturer
Exam Style Questions10 hours1-3, 5, 6, 8Written or verbal from peer or lecturer

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practical Skill Portfolios302 reports 1 (10%) at 500 words and 1 (20%) at 1000 words1, 4-9Written feedback on formal submission
Coursework204 CMAs (online), 2 per semester at 5% each1, 6, 8Immediate feedback on close of assessment
Examination502 hours1-3, 5, 6, 8Written feedback on formal submission


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Final ExaminationExamination1-9During the next assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Mike Boyle and Kath Senior: Collins Advanced Science: Human Biology, Harper Collins Publishers ISBN 978-0-00-726751-4

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Key words search

Biology, Human Biology, human body systems, homeostasis

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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