BI1EZ12-Key Skills in Ecology and Zoology

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: BI1BM12 Key Skills in Biomedicine
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Phil Baker


Summary module description:
This module will provide students with a common foundation in transferrable skills relevant to study and future careers in Zoology and Ecology, and related professions. These will include generic skills and also subject specific skills.

Students will gain experience in five key skills areas applicable across the biosciences: Study Skills, Writing Skills, Mathematical Skills, Computer Literacy and Ethics. Additionally, they will gain skills and understanding relevant to Zoology and Ecology, including practical skills, understanding of the social context of their subject and skills relevant to enhancing employability.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Show awareness of: exam technique/revision skills, time management and types of learning (including their own preferred types).
2. Demonstrate the ability to write in various styles, including essays and scientific reports; with the ability to reference sources in an appropriate manner.
3. Show application of mathematical skills appropriate to their chosen degree, such as calculations of dilutions, formulae etc., statistics, and data analysis.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and application of relevant computer skills, including use of key packages, e.g. Excel, Minitab, Powerpoint and the ability to access and use online resources and specialist packages/Apps.
5. Show an awareness of the ethical context within which biosciences operate, including knowledge of the basic philosophical premises relating to ethics and the ethics approval processes.

Additional outcomes:
Demonstrate awareness of laboratory skills relevant to Zoology and Ecology.

Outline content:
A series of lectures and workshops will be delivered by module staff and invited speakers on areas relevant to core skills (e.g. career management). These will include understanding learning styles, writing styles for science, experimental design and maths, accessing and using specialist packages, making the most of MS Office, science and society, and introduction to ethics. Lectures will be supported by guided discussion in tutorials/seminars, case studies, worked examples and guided independent study.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A series of lectures and group tutorials will deliver core content relating to study skills, writing, mathematics, computer literacy and ethics. Invited speakers will present material for in-depth discussion during tutorials. Additionally, practice of key skills through worked examples will take place during tutorials. Tutors will deliver subject specific material in group tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 2
Seminars 10 10
Guided independent study 38 38
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A variety of summative assessments will be used in this module to assess student’s attainment in accordance with the assessable learning outcomes.

Formative assessment methods:
Worked examples and case studies encountered in tutorials will provide the opportunity for formative feedback from staff and peers as well as self-reflection.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    No examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    In-course assessment work

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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