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BS354-24 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

BS354-24 Assessment 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:

  • On completing this module, students will be able to:1. Write detailed and well-researched essays on a variety of topics. Research topics in the literature.2. Demonstrate ability to critically interpret scientific papers
Subject specific skills


Transferable skills


Study time

Type Required
Seminars 4 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Tutorials 8 sessions of 1 hour (3%)
Other activity 50 hours (21%)
Private study 178 hours (74%)
Total 240 hours
Private study description

178 hrs self-study and preparation of assessments

Other activity description

Laboratory sessions


No further costs have been identified for this module.

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

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A4
Weighting Study time
Laboratory Work 50%
Experimental Design 8%
Tutor's Choice 8%
Research Seminar 25%
Scientific Paper (Ethical Approval) 9%
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
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
  • UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C111 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C101 Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of C109 Biological Sciences with Microbiology (with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C108 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics ( with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 4 of C110 Biological Sciences with Virology (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)