Introductory Biology (FND05)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

As well as some grounding in how science works, the development of the ability to analyse and evaluate scientific information and methodology, this module will introduce a range of topics in Biology.

Topics will include: cellular life and components, variety of cell types, the chemistry of life, macromolecules of life, variety of life and how new species form.

There will be practicals to explore aspects of biology. A practical report will enable you to become familiar with scientific writing and notation. An essay and unseen examination are required, to familiarise you with these forms of assessment.


73%: Lecture
13%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)
13%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay, Report)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.