Applied Skills in Biology (FND07)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

The module brings together study skills and laboratory skills. Topics covered will include the following:

  • Academic writing
  • Report skills
  • Referencing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Analysis
  • Statistics

You will engage in practicals and develop competencies within a range of techniques that will link to the topics covered within the Introduction to Biology module.

The assessment will include a pass/fail essay, which aims to provide you with an opportunity to test your academic skills, and an e-portfolio which is 100% of the formal assessment, allowing you to demonstrate your skills development by compiling your work using current technology such as video clips and blogs.


35%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
48%: Practical (Laboratory)
16%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 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.