Module Overview

Fundamental Biology

This module is designed to introduce basic concepts of biology and biological principles to the student. It will focus on core topics of biology including: cell and molecular biology, genetics, metabolism and the structure of tissues. The student will also be introduced to practical skills used in the biology laboratory.

This 10 ECTS module will prepare the student for more advanced studies in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry in year 2 of the Biosciences programme.

This module aims to deliver an interactive, student-focused approach to first year biology, including peer learning activities that focus on the module discipline.

Module Code

BIOL 1411

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Lecture Content

  • Cell Biology – eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure; cell organelle and cell membrane structure and function
  • Molecular Biology – structure and function of DNA, RNA, and the processes of replication, transcription and translation
  • Cell Cycle – mitosis and meiosis
  • Genetics – Mendelian genetics, dominant and recessive genes; co-dominant genes; sex linked genes and crossing over
  • Biomolecules and metabolism – enzymes; lipids; proteins; carbohydrates; cellular respiration and ATP

Practical programme

  • Microscopy – proper use and setting up of microscope
  • Histological staining
  • Identification of cell organelles
  • Osmosis in animal and plant cells
  • Investigation of membrane permeability
  • DNA Extraction
  • Karyotyping
  • Enzymology
  • Simple fractionation techniques

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical classes; in-class quizzes/puzzles; videos/animations; online learning; peer learning using web-enabled and in-class student response systems; self-directed learning.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination40
Other Assessment(s)60