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BL1101 Biology 1

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all Biology Degree Programmes

UG Modules required for:BL2300 - BL2310

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:5 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 3-hour practical (x 10 weeks).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 80
  • Guided independent study: 120

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 65%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 35%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50%


Module coordinator:Dr P Coote
Module teaching staff:Team taught