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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: