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BL1102   Biology 2

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

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

This module provides an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth and will address key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life. The module is divided into several sections beginning with the classification of life and an introduction to the kingdoms Monera, Fungi and Protista. Photosynthesis, respiration and the evolution and diversity of plants will be studied. Students will then look at the diversity of animals in the sea and the movement of some groups onto land. The module will also provide an introduction to animal behaviour and developmental biology, before finishing off by introducing ecology and the various factors promoting and threatening biodiversity. Throughout the module the lecture material is complemented by extensive practical classes introducing a variety of fieldwork and laboratory techniques.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks) and 1 x 3-hour practical (x 9 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 82

Guided independent study hours: 119

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 43%

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


Module teaching staff: Team taught