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BL1101   Biology 1

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am; Practical classes one per week 2.00 - 5.00 pm Mon, Tue, or Wed

This module is an introduction to molecular and cellular biology. It covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes. The central dogma of molecular biology is investigated through the examination of the structure and function of DNA, RNA and proteins, and how this knowledge led to modern developments in biotechnology. The final section of the module gives an introduction into molecular and population genetics with an emphasis on the process of evolution. Throughout the module the lecture material is complemented by extensive practical classes where biological laboratory techniques are taught an practiced through, for example, microscopy, DNA isolation, dissection and thin layer chromatography.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 3-hour practical (x 11 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 88

Guided independent study hours: 112

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 65%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 35%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50%


Module teaching staff: Team taught