Module Overview

Biology 1

This module aims to develop the students' understanding of cell structure and how structure informs function. It aims to provide an understanding of human physiology to underpin future learning in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.The subject also aims to develop an appreciation of the scope of the biological sciences and an interest in current developments particularly in biotechnology and biophramaceuticals.

Module Code

BIO H1001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Definition & Classification of Living Organisms

The characteristcs of life, the classification of living things; biodiversity

The Study of Cellular structure & function

Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, a comparison of plant and animal cells, cell structure and function, cell membranes and organelles, cell division: mitosis and meiosis; an introduction to microscopy`for the examination of cells and tissues.

The Genetic Basis of Life

Patterns of gene inheritance: Mendel's laws, genetic disorders.

Topics in Human Physiology

Tissues and organ systems: the digestive system and an overview of human nutrition, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune systems, the respiratory system, the genito-urinary systems, the nervous system; the muscular-skeletal system and the endocrine system. Connective tissues. The concept of homeostasis,

Current topics in Biotechnology

Introduction to biotechnology and bioanalysis, gene cloning, biopharmaceuticals.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70