BIOL10130 Biology in Action

Academic Year 2024/2025

Biology is all around us, is happening from the microscopic to the global scale, and encompasses all organisms on Earth. To fully understand the biology of any organism requires an appreciation of how it interacts with both its environment and the myriad of other organisms it may encounter. This module will explore 'biology in action' using real life examples from the research of academics in the School of Biology and Environmental Science to demonstrate the relevance and importance of biology in our everyday lives. Parallel practical sessions will explore a biological question of your choice through a small group project. Students will be expected to purchase on-line access to course material for this module in common with BIOL10140 and BIOL10110.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. understand the basic principles behind key areas of biology including evolution, the core theme of all the biological sciences;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how modern research in the life sciences addresses these areas;
3. use self-directed learning to enhance their understanding of the topic;
4. conduct an experiment to test a biological question of their choice;
5. work collaboratively in a small group environment;
6. work safely in a biological laboratory;
7. record observations, collate and analyse biological data and produce a written report.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Group learning
On-line activities
On-line assessment
Independent thinking
Research-based teaching 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

H5 LC Biol or equivalent

Learning Recommendations:

H5 LC Biol or equivalent

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

Biology-Organisms&Environment (BIOL10090)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

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Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

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