Life Sciences for University Study - FOUN0045

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module introduces students to the study of Biosciences, with the aim of providing an introductory understanding of key topics in this field. This module is predominantly theoretical and is class-room based. The module will explore Biosciences and the research methods common in its research. The lectures will cover some of the key concepts and theories in the study of Biosciences. The module encourages students to explore Biosciences in a manner which is relevant for University undergraduate study.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 96
Private study hours: 204
Total Study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Assignment 1 (1,000 Words) (15%)
In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (15%)
Assignment 2 (1,500 Words) (25%)
Seminar Participation (5%)
Examinations, (2 hours) (40%)

JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam
Written Assignment (1,500 words)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Barnard, C., Gilbert, F. & McGregor, P. (2011) Asking Questions in Biology: A Guide to Hypothesis Testing, Experimental Design and Presentation in Practical Work and Research Projects, (4th edition). Harlow: Pearson
Fisher, J. & Arnold, J. (2012) BIOS Instant Notes in Chemistry for Biologists, (3rd edition). London: Routledge.
Jones, A., Reed, R. & Weyers, J. (2012) Practical Skills in Biology, Benjamin Cummings, (5th edition). Harlow: Pearson.
Simon, E. Dickey, J. & Reese, J. (2013) Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology, (4th edition). Harlow: Pearson. (core text)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate introductory understanding and knowledge of Biosciences and its research methods
Show a familiarity and awareness of how key concepts in Biosciences relate to current and contemporary issues
Show an awareness of sub-disciplines within Biosciences and how these relate to each other
Demonstrate introductory understanding and knowledge of Biosciences
Select, evaluate and use relevant information from a range of textual formats (e.g. quantitative, tabular and graphic data, reports, textbooks and articles) relevant to the study of Biosciences.
Demonstrate introductory understanding and knowledge of data handling processes and descriptive statistics relevant to Biosciences

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Show knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in university study.
Understand the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research.
Comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars, workshops, laboratory work and tutorials, as appropriate.
Appropriately manage and organise their time.
Use information technology and library resources to support learning and personal understanding.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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