Biodiversity of Life - BIOS3230

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Frances Mansfield checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to introduce the diversity of life, evolution and development of body form in a wide variety of organisms, including prokaryotes, animals and plants.


Contact hours

Private Study: 112
Contact Hours: 38
Total: 150

Method of assessment

• Practical Report 1 (2,500 words) – 25%
• Practical Report 2 (1,500 words) – 25%
• Examination (2 hours) – 50%

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of microbial life (bacteria, fungi unicellular and simple multicellular eukaryotes).
2. Demonstrate an understanding of plant structural and reproductive diversity and the colonisation of the land by plants.
3. Demonstrate an understanding that animals are multicellular heterotrophic eukaryotes with tissues that develop from embryonic layers.
4. Demonstrate the ability to safely handle and conduct experiments on a range of organisms under defined laboratory conditions.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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