This unit aims to develop the students' understanding of the basic principles, concepts and experimental techniques as applied to the broad subject areas of:
- Biomolecules: structure and properties of biological molecules; structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells; the structure of nucleic acids and its role as a carrier of genetic information.
- Physiology: principles of plant and animal form and function; plant and animal nutrition; adaptation of vertebrate digestive systems; plant and animal responses to internal and external signals.
- Biodiversity: basic understanding of biological classification; natural selection and evolutionary theory and species interactions; aspects of behavioural and physiological adaptation to environmental conditions, the impacts of human activity on ecological systems and processes.
Introduction to the basic principles and key concepts providing a platform of chemical knowledge for continuation or transition into higher education. It covers topics such as: Elements - names, symbols and position in the periodic table; Compounds - ionic, covalent and their nomenclature.
Foundation Data Analysis
This unit helps you to develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you'll need on your linked degree.
It usually covers areas such as:
- descriptive statistics
- statistical inference
- critical thinking
- visual representation of data
Academic Skills for Higher Education
This unit covers topics such as: Academic Skills: Higher Education terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations; Research Skills: Conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data; Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning; Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; and mental calculations.
English for Academic Study (Optional Unit)
Please note that English for Academic Study, is only applicable to International students taking the Foundation Year. This unit is mandatory for international students with an IELTS score of less than 6.
The unit focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The unit is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of your degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to help you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.