Principles of Biological Science

Module code: NT0001

This module will provide a comprehensive grounding in the molecular underpinnings of the biology and genetics of organisms, and will develop your understanding of how these foundations contribute to the complexity of biological systems. You will gain an appreciation of the breadth of the biological sciences, and how this impacts on animal, plant and microbial populations. This module will equip you with written study skills needed for effective working within the University environment.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to biological molecules: carbohydrates/lipids
  • Proteins and enzyme action
  • Structure of Nucleic Acids and their replication
  • Energy, ATP and water
  • Gas exchange in organisms (single-celled, animals and plants)
  • Photosynthesis - the energy basis of all life and ecosystems
  • Internal energy processing in cells – respiration
  • Ecosystems/ecology: animal behaviour and populations
  • Ecosystems/ecology: populations and communities
  • DNA, genes and gene expression
  • Protein synthesis
  • Genetic diversity
  • Biodiversity

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 12 hours of practicals
  • 118 hours of independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 90 minutes (60%)
  • Essay (40%)