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.

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 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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: