This module introduces basic methods, principles, and applications in the field of biology to learners. The learner should gain a basic knowledge of biological concepts and be able to describe these and give context to their relevance in addressing current biological, technological, and ecological solutions and applications. The learner should develop sufficient understanding of basic biological concepts and applications so as to be enabled for subsequent biologically based programmes. The learner should become familiar with basic laboratory equipment, techniques and practices which are routinely applied in a biological context. The learner shall demonstrate their familiarity with, and competence in, using this equipment and in applying basic biological techniques. They should be able to organise, present and interpret the results of their laboratory-based investigations.
Explain cell structure and function.
Describe biological macromolecules.
Explain the basic principles of microbiology and molecular biology.
Explain the basic principle of genetics and hereditary.
Illustrate some applications in molecular forensics and biotechnology.
Describe the principles of classification and the diversity of life.
Examine the characteristics of living organisms and value their ecological roles and benefits to society.
Appreciate the role of adaptation to environment in an evolutionary context.
Discuss the principles of ecology.
Develop good practice in laboratory principles to observe, record, interpret and present biological information.
Use basic laboratory procedures and equipment to observe, record, interpret and present biological information.