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.


54%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
25%: Practical (Laboratory)
21%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: