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Module code:BIOL1007 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Fundamentals of Biology
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Hazel Smith
Organiser's location:Medical School Building, 74 Huntley St
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:A level Biology OR Chemistry or equivalent. This module is an option for first year Biological Sciences students and can be taken as an elective by students on other degree programmes including the BASc, Psychology and Earth Sciences.  
Module outline:Topics covered in lectures and practical exercises include: Water and biodiversity, Extremophiles, Molecular structure and chemistry of water, pH, pK and buffers, Visual signaling: sex, food and status, Photoprotection and photosynthesis, Pigment chemistry, Fluorescence and spectrometry, Photosynthesis and evolution, Green Fluorescent Protein, Comparative biology of ageing, Cellular ageing, Damage and maintenance, Entropy and enthalpy, Free energy and redox potentials, Bioenergetics, Metabolism and ageing, Glycation and oxidative stress.  
Module aims:“Fundamentals of Biology” is designed to introduce students with a primary interest in whole organism biology (including Genetics, Human Genetics, Zoology and Environmental Biology) to fundamental chemical principles and experimental approaches to studying how they underpin living systems. For students who have already completed A level Chemistry or equivalent this course will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a specifically biological framework.  
Module objectives:The module takes a biology rather than a chemistry-led approach to the subject. Each section of the course will introduce students to a specific topic in biology (biology and water; biology and colour; biology and energy) before going on to explore the underlying chemical principles. Instead of an unseen examination in term 3, students will carry out either a field or lab based research project, which will be written up in the form of a group poster presentation and short (individual) paper. Students will be introduced to the study system and basic experimental techniques from which they go on to design and carry out projects in small groups. Field projects will be carried out during a 4-day field course at Blakeney Point, Norfolk. 
Key skills provided by module:This module will provide insights into the chemistry of disparate aspects of ecology, genetics, evolutionary adaption, cellular metabolism and ageing. Students will learn to assess and present evidence from a variety of sources through group projects, data annotation and presentations. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Moodle test (90 minutes) 40.00%
Research project (2,000 words plus group poster) 40.00%
Database project (750 words per group member) 20.00% 
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Last updated:2017-04-28 14:28:21 by ucbhhks