The unit content includes microbial physiology, nutrition, microbial genetics and microbial taxonomy of archaea, bacteria, fungi, viruses and algae, with particular reference to recent developments.
Professional Skills for Biologists
This unit introduces students to the professional skills involved with being a Biologist. It develops knowledge of key methodologies, skills and experiences needed for professional development. It supports the students to enable them to formulate research proposals, apply for research projects and present their professional skills succinctly.
This unit covers the utilisation and genetic modification of organisms for biotechnology: including the production of food and drink; bioremediation and pollution control; biofuels; medical biotechnology.
This unit will develop students’ knowledge of protein structure and function, including metabolic processes linked to cellular signalling and protein modification.
Applied Molecular Biology
This unit will introduce students to the key principles that underpin many nucleic acid molecular methodologies, with a strong emphasis on the applications and context of these techniques.
Forensic DNA Profiling
This unit will involve the processing of biological evidence from collection, to identification of particular bodily fluids, through to DNA profiling and individualisation.
Plant & Soil Ecology
Students will be introduced to plant and soil ecology, with a focus on the importance of the soil environment in influencing plant performance and distributions, where the content of this unit has direct relevance for agriculture and food security, pollution mitigation and climate change.
An employability based skills unit with opportunities to work with both internal and external partners. The unit encompasses employability skills development workshops including cover letter and C.V. construction, job search strategies, interview techniques, and placement preparation.
This unit will explore the ecology and evolution of species interactions. Key topics will include pollination, manipulation of reproduction, impacts of diseases and defence responses.
The unit will explore the anatomical, developmental, physiological, ecological and behavioural characteristics and lifecycles of major invertebrate phyla and review their importance to ecosystem function and as parasites and vectors of disease.