Introduction to Biology

Module summary

Module code: BIOL1055
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Laura Pellatt


Pre and co requisites



• To introduce students to the key concepts of biological molecules and their function in homeostasis
• To introduce students to different cell types and content and how they contribute to tissues and organ function
• To explain the significance of homeostasis and the major mechanisms by which this is achieved

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Understand the importance of biological molecules and describe their basic structure, synthesis and transport mechanisms
2 Describe the differences between viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and explain the function of their relevant organelles
3 Explain the mechanism of cell division, replication and DNA synthesis in different cell types and examples of what can go wrong
4 Explain the contributions of the major organ systems in the maintenance of homeostasis and the importance/role of communication

Indicative content

Uptake, storage, synthesis, breakdown, transport and excretion of; water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and inorganic ions.
Cell transport mechanisms (diffusion, facilitated diffusion, osmosis, active transport, endocytosis, exocytosis).
Cell cycle, stages of mitosis and meiosis, chromosomal mutations caused by translocation(s).
Negative and positive feedback. Blood and circulatory system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal system, endocrine system, nervous system.

Teaching and learning activity

The indicative content will be delivered through both lectures and tutorials. Additional support will be provided through online activities, quizzes and additional reading material.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Test.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-4
Grading Mode Numerical
Weighting: 60%
Pass Mark: 40%
Outline Details: Multiple-choice questions covering all aspects of taught material.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Presentation
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 2
Grading Mode: Numerical
Weighting: 40%
Pass Mark: 40%
Outline Details:Paired group-work to give a verbal presentation of an organelle.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Weekly online quizzes on topics covered.