Computer Science (3 Years) [BSc]
Current Topics in Biology
|Unit level:||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine (L5)|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||Y
The aim of this unit is to introduce you to topical areas of bioscience, building from basic knowledge towards engaging with current research literature.
Entertainment or news media frequently sensationalise biological and biomedical stories, either oversimplifying the topic or through inaccurate reporting (‘Spicy diet can beat dementia’ anybody?).
This unit considers topical issues within biology, exploring the science behind the headlines to help you develop an informed opinion, and to discuss potential future directions of selected topics.
Topics will include:
- The basics of DNA …and beyond
- Development and stem cells
- Precision medicine
- Human brain function
- Microbes and infectious disease
- Conservation biology
If you have an interest in life sciences, but haven’t had the opportunity to study it at a higher level, then this is the unit for you. You will work alongside students from a wide range of disciplines.
Teaching and learning methods
- On completion of the unit you will be able to:
- Recognise the basic bioscience underpinning current topical issues
- Be equipped to develop an informed opinion about current biology issues
- Work with a team of students from different disciplines to create a video presentation explaining an aspect of bioscience research
(UCIL 20882 - 10 credit unit)
- Other - 20%
- Written exam - 40%
- Written assignment (inc essay) - 40%
Assessment Further Information
Prerequisites: None required.
Students from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, with the exception of Psychology, are not eligible to take this unit.
- Lectures - 18 hours
- Tutorials - 2 hours
- Work based learning - 1 hours
- Independent study hours - 79 hours