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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Biology for Life Sciences
Reference AS1901 Version 2
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved May 2011 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide students with knowledge and understanding of cell biology, tissue structure, Mendelian genetics and species evolution.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structures, functions and growth characteristics of cells.
2 Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the four principal tissue types.
3 Demonstrate an understanding of Mendelian genetic inheritance.
4 Demonstrate understanding of the role of variation in speciation and evolution.

Indicative Module Content
Evolution of the eukaryotic cell, membrane structure and membrane transport mechanisms, structure and function of the nucleus, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi Body, lysosomes, mitochondria and chloroplasts. Mitosis and meiosis. Structure and function of epithelial, connective, nervous and muscle tissue. Mendel's Laws, inheritance, genotype, phenotype, dominance, sex determination, sex-linkage, variation, speciation and evolution.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture based module supplemented by tutorials.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 40 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 110 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Closed book written examination

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
This module is assessed using the one component detailed in the Assessment Plan. To pass this module, candidates must achieve a Module Grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Final mark of 75% or greater in C1
B Final mark of between 60-74% in C1
C Final mark of between 50-59% in C1
D Final mark of between 40-49% in C1
E MARGINAL FAIL. Final mark of between 35-39% in C1
F FAIL. Final mark ofless than 35% in C1
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 REECE J.B., et al. Campbell Biology. Current Edition. Pearson


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