- The aim is to explain the scientific method, and enable to learner to apply it to problems in the field of biology.
- To furnish the learner with a comprehensive introduction to the main areas of biology; cellular biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, ecology and biotechnology.
- To equip the learner with the practical skills necessary to carry out experiments in a laboratory or field environment safely, in a manner consistent with the scientific method.
To instruct the learner in the method of recording their experiments, so that they are consistent with peer reviewed standards.
Objectives & Programme Outcomes
At the end of the module learners will be able to:
- Foster an interest in, and appreciation of, the natural world.
- Explore the fundamental processes common to all living organisms, and develop an understanding of the core biological principles central to life.
- Discuss the development and nature of scientific models and theories as they apply to our understanding of the natural world.
- Discuss and appreciate the ethical considerations which govern the fields of biotechnology and genetics.
- Aware of current health & safety legislation in the field of Biology
- Develop an in depth understanding of the mechanisms by which specific biological processes (organ systems, DNA replication etc.) function.
This award will be divided into 6 Units covering the following key areas:
- Unit 1 Cell Biology
- Unit 2 Microbiology
- Unit 3 Ecology
- Unit 4 Genetics
- Unit 5 Health and Safety
- Unit 6 Practical Laboratory Investigations