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Unit information: Life Processes Part A in 2020/21

Unit name Life Processes Part A
Unit code BIOL10009
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Amici-Dargan
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The unit will introduce the common processes which govern cell maintenance and how cells communicate and ‘relate’ to one another within a multicellular organism. It will include topics on basic molecular biology, cell biology, respiratory systems, physiology (animal and plant), neurobiology and neurophysiology.


  • To present a solid foundation for cell maintenance by covering broad processes drawing on examples from different model organisms across kingdoms (animals, plants and bacteria).
  • To create a broad objective understanding of the intellectual and practical skills required by biologists.
  • To provide a basis for higher-level biological courses, or a support for other science courses involving living organisms.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to implement successful independent study techniques;
  2. Describe the fundamental mechanisms by which genes are encoded;
  3. Identify key features of cells and describe their development;
  4. Explore the key physiology and neurological processes in multicellular organisms;
  5. Apply a range of biological practical skills

Teaching details

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities including lectures, directed reading, research and/or problem-solving activities; practical exercises and independent study.

Assessment Details

The unit mark is comprised of:

  • 60%: a 1 hour multiple choice question exam which will take place in the January examination period. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3.
  • 40%: written work. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4.

Reading and References

Biology 12th Edition By Peter Raven and George Johnson and Kenneth Mason and Jonathan Losos