Pre-requisites: A-Level Biology or Equivalent Scientific Qualification


APS135 or APS118

Aims/Description: This module provides training in the generic and subject-related skills necessary to undertake research in biology and communicate biology effectively. Students will learn: different forms of scientific writing (including essays, abstracts and scientific papers); experimental design; analysis and evaluation of biological information; synthesis of material from a variety of sources including the primary literature; and presentation of scientific information (seminars and debates). Teaching will be in small-group tutorials, during which students will discuss key topics and recent developments in biology. Evaluation will be based on continual assessment of written work, exercises and presentations. Tutors will provide both academic and pastoral support.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying APSU13, APSU14, APSU03, APSU15, APSU05, APSU16, APSU06, APSU17, APSU24, APSU25, APSU29, GEOU17, GEOU98, GEOU210 and GEOU211.Pre/Co Requisites: APS 135 or APS 118

Staff Contact: Dr Fiona Hunter
Teaching Methods: Teaching will be in the form of small group tutorials guided by an academic member of staff. Formative feedback will be provided by the tutor and by other members of the group (Learning outcomes 1-6).Group tutorials as arranged by individual tutor.
Assessment: Course work

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