BIOL00010 Fundamentals of Biology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course provides an introduction to the general principles of biology and is intended primarily for students who have not previously studied the subject. A wide range of biological concepts will be covered, including cells, organisms and ecology. The overall aim of this module is to provide a basic understanding of biology and put this in the context of the many diverse and developing research areas that exist in biology today.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the basic concepts of biology. They will understand the importance of accurate formulation of questions and the roles of observation, experimentation and use of existing knowledge in answering these questions. By studying specific topics, students will comprehend and be able to discuss the following:
(i) How environmental factors affect animal and plant populations; (ii) The factors which shape evolutionary development of animal and plant physiology; (iii) The interactions between cells and their environment and the structures within cells which are involved in these interactions; (iv) The diversity of form which exists in the living world.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered using a combination of online lectures, practicals and tutorials 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:

H5 or higher in Leaving Certificate Biology

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BIOL10120 - Cell Biology & Genetics (NUin)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Practical class assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: MCQ 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual feedback on each lab assignment.

Campbell Biology A global approach 10th Edition
Name Role
Dr John Finarelli Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Wieland Fricke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Darrin Hulsey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Darrin Hulsey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Adam Kane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Emma Teeling Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Paola Valentini Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Amy Haigh Tutor
Dr Carlotta Sacchi Tutor