This module aims to give you a broad theoretical understanding of the basics of biology. We begin with biological molecules and cells, followed by the biology of whole organisms, and eventually even moving on to the biology of ecological interaction and global biological systems. The module offers you an introduction to topics such as taxonomy, anatomy of plants and animals, biochemical processes in the cell, genetics and ecology in order to give you a broad overview of the enormous scope of the biological sciences.
This module aims to familiarise you with a wide range of basic chemical concepts: atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry and a range of chemical changes, extending learned concepts to explore different fields within the subject: physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.
This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles of physics, namely fundamental principles of measurement, the nature of matter, kinematics, mechanics and thermodynamics. This section introduces some of the fundamental aspects of physics. The ways in which physicists do their work will be stressed, thus showing the similarities and differences between physics and other scientific subjects. Problem-solving will be widely used, in order to give you practice in this area. Wherever possible, concepts will be related to your own experience of the world.
The emphasis of this module is in developing the useful transferable skills required to study science at higher education. These skills include basic mathematics, statistics, estimation and measurement, written and oral communication, information technology, hypothesis building and testing.
Practical and Field Skills 1
This module aims to develop your basic laboratory and fieldwork skills as well as consolidate and reinforce theoretical ideas and concepts from each of the biology, chemistry and physics modules with applied practical examples, giving you a substantial amount of practical experience.
Practical and Field Skills 2
This module further extends the laboratory and fieldwork skills developed within Practical and Field Skills 1.