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BS354-12 Assessments for Biological Sciences

Life Sciences
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Keith Leppard
Credit value
Module duration
20 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

BS354-12 Assessments for Biological Sciences

Module aims

To complete the development of students' research and transferrable skills through a program of laboratory and tutorial activities (continuation of programs in Years 1 and 2).

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Students will complete the third year of a laboratory and tutorial-based skills program. The key
aims of the year 3 program are to embed final year level literature and practical research skills and
communication skills. This will be achieved through a combination of tutorial set tasks, some of
which are formative and some summatively assessed, and laboratory classes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Students should be able to critically analyse data produced in the laboratory or in work sheet format
  • Students should be able to deliver a concise and informative oral presentation on a science topic.
  • Students should be able to produce a concise summary of research literature
  • Students should be able to analyse critically the primary research literature
Subject specific skills


Transferable skills


Study time

Type Required
Seminars 4 sessions of 1 hour (3%)
Tutorials 8 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Practical classes 10 sessions of 5 hours (42%)
Private study 58 hours (48%)
Total 120 hours
Private study description

Self-study and preparation of assessments.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Assessed essay 11%

Credit weight: 12.5%

Group tutorial activity 14%

Credit weight: 12.5%

Laboratory reports 50%

x2 laboratory reportd

Individual seminar 25%
Feedback on assessment

regular small group meetings with tutor; digital written feedback on on-line assessments; oral
feedback on seminar presentations


This module is Core for:

  • UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
    • Year 3 of C100 Biological Sciences
    • Year 3 of C102 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology
    • Year 3 of C103 Biological Sciences with Environmental Resources
    • Year 3 of C104 Biological Sciences with Microbiology
    • Year 3 of C105 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics
    • Year 3 of C107 Biological Sciences with Virology
  • UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 3 of C111 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 3 of C101 Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year
    • Year 3 of C109 Biological Sciences with Microbiology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 3 of C110 Biological Sciences with Virology (with Intercalated Year)
  • C112 Biological Sciences (with Environmental Resources & ICY)
  • C112 Biological Sciences (with Mol Genetics & ICY)