International Summer School

Biology

Session 1

Field Biology: Exploring Sussex Wildlife and Habitats
Module Code: IS175
Level: 5
Prerequisite: at least one year of biology/environmental science
Field Trip Fee: £50 
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This module enables you to explore a range of Sussex habitats and experience sampling of a variety of animal and plant species. We travel to different locations to assess aquatic, chalk grassland and coastal habitats. There will be opportunities to examine aquatic and marine invertebrates and you shall undertake a small mammal survey on campus. Help will be provided with plant identification. Some walking up hill and over rough ground is required, so this may be challenging for students with mobility impairment. You should ensure that your tetanus injections are up to date.  

Introductory Biology I 
Module Code: IS044 
Level: 4 
Lab Fee: £120 
2018 Syllabus [PDF] 
Biology is the study of life which is forever fascinating in its complexity and variety. What underlies life? What explains the multitude of functionality and the delicate interplay of cells in complex multi-cellular organisms? This module aims to give you an introduction to the fundamentals of cellular biology, cellular functions and cellular interactions within tissues.

Session 2

Introductory Biology II
Module Code: IS045
Level: 4
Prerequisite: one semester of college biology
Lab Fee: £120
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This module covers topics including: genetics (chromosomal abnormalities, human genetic disorders, genomes in other species, cell regulation and cancer); regulation of gene expression (introduction to recombinant DNA technologies and molecular biology techniques); developmental biology (the genetic basis of embryological development); overview of embryonic development (division, gene expression, morphogenesis, migration and cellular fate, induction and cell signaling); and introduction to the nervous system.

Plants for People: How Plants Sustain Life on Earth
Module Code: IS267
Level: 5
Prerequisite: at least one year of biology/ environmental science 
Field Trip Fee: £50
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This course looks at how plants affect life on Earth. They are indispensable to the global biosphere. They are crucial in regulating the air we breathe; they provide the first step in the food chain.

We explore the development of agriculture in the ‘Fertile Crescent’ and how plants have been traded all over the world. We discover the extraordinary versatility of plants and their diverse uses. Plants provide building materials, bio-fuels, bio-plastics and much more and we cultivate and harvest crops for food, fuel and medicines.

We also visit the Economic Botany Collection at Kew Gardens to see the importance of plants for people. We will consider how plants provide ecosystem services and how they can be conserved.