Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Molecules and Cells
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 66 x 1 Hour Lectures
Practical 9 x 4 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework portfolio  composed of work completed in class and set as directed study. For example calculations, practical reports, essays etc. A final reflective piece will demonstrate use of feedback and self-assessment of meeting the module's learning outcomes.  70%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   30%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Perform calculations to determine amounts and concentrations of substances.

2. Describe bonding in small molecules and in biological polymers.

3. Explain the differences between plant, animal and bacterial cells.

4. Demonstrate a knowledge of basic cell structure, cell organelles and their function.

5. Outline the process of gene expression.

6. Outline the concept of evolution.

Brief description

The module comprises a series of lectures together with associated lab and computer-based practical sessions, which will provide foundation year students with skills, confidence and knowledge to study in year 1 of any IBERS scheme. The content of this module has been designed to introduce the biochemical building blocks and cell structure of the organisms that will be discussed in semester 2


The module aims to introduce and reinforce core concepts in biology, including biomolecules and cell structure.


Week 1: Introduction
Week 2-3: Chemistry of Life
Week 4: Cell types
Week 5-6: Structure and function of cells
Week 7: Cell growth and division
Week 8: Tissues
Week 9-10: Cells in human health
Week 11: will be used as required for consolidation and revision sessions

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Workshops will involve calculations relevant to the course material including determining amounts, concentrations, volumes and balancing equations.
Communication Listening skills in lectures, verbal communication with staff and peers during workshops and writing skills in assessments will all be developed. Writing skills will be assessed through the portfolio and in the final examination.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, practice with directed learning exercises and manage time. The portfolio will encourage organisational skills and reflection on performance.
Information Technology Students will access the web for information sources and use websites provided in the directed learning materials to practice skills acquired. Some workshops will involve computer use. Related assessments will form part of the portfolio.
Personal Development and Career planning Reflection on skills acquired and their applicability to future study and the work environment will be developed through the portfolio.
Problem solving Lectures will introduce problem solving with worked examples and directed study will provide students with an opportunity to practice these skills. Workshops and practicals will extend this work and will be assessed through the portfolio.
Research skills Directed study materials and links will be provided on Blackboard allowing students to research topics beyond the scope of the lecture material. Effective sourcing and citing of material will be assessed through the portfolio.
Subject Specific Skills Biological and chemical concepts and terminology will be introduced and developed.
Team work Students will work in pairs/small groups during workshop and practical sessions.


This module is at CQFW Level 3