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Unit information: Life Processes Part B in 2022/23

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Unit name Life Processes Part B
Unit code BIOL10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Pike
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

The unit will introduce the common processes which govern whole organism reproduction, interactions within its environment and other organisms as well as human impact on the environment


  • To present a solid foundation for whole multicellular organism function by covering broad processes drawing on examples from both animal and plants.
  • To create a broad objective understanding of the intellectual and practical skills required by biologists.
  • To provide a basis for higher-level biological courses, or a support for other science courses involving living organisms.

Attendance at the practical sessions for this unit is required.

Your learning on this unit

  1. Demonstrate the ability to implement successful independent study techniques;
  2. Identify the common processes which govern whole organism reproduction, immunity and susceptibility to disease, sensory and behavioural biology and human impact on the environment;
  3. Apply knowledge of the processes which govern whole organism reproduction, immunity and susceptibility to disease, sensory and behavioural biology and human impact on the environment;
  4. Apply and use a range of biological practical skills.

How you will learn

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities including lectures, directed reading, research and/or problem-solving activities; practical exercises and independent study.

How you will be assessed

The unit mark is comprised of:

  • 60%: a 1 hour multiple choice question exam. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3.
  • 20%: written work. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • 20%: Practical exam which will take place in the summer examination period. Tests ILO 4.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.