Module Identifier 
BS00210 
Module Title 
MATHEMATICS & COMPUTING FOR BIOLOGISTS 
Academic Year 
2006/2007 
Coordinator 
Dr David J Hopper 
Semester 
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters) 
Other staff 
Dr Christopher L Davey 
Course delivery 
Lecture  20 x 1h lectures 

Practical  12 Hours. (6 x 2h) 
Assessment 
Assessment Type  Assessment Length/Details  Proportion 
Semester Exam  2 Hours Mathematics exam  40% 
Semester Assessment  Word processing assignment test  20% 
Semester Assessment  Spreadsheet and mathematics assignment test  40% 
Supplementary Assessment  2 Hours Mathematics exam  40% 
Supplementary Assessment  Practical Exam (word processing and spreadsheets, inc maths)  60% 

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

apply a range of basic mathematical techniques to deal with biological data

use a word processor, spreadsheet and the internet for email and searching for information.
Content
Through a series of practical sessions and exercises the basics of current application of information technology will be introduced, concentrating on Word processing and spreadsheets. Familiarity with using email and the World Wide Web will also be ensured. The storage of data in files, file management, network uses and printing will be taught. Familiarity will be ensured with the use of a wordprocessing package where basic text handling and formatting operations willbe taught. Teaching the use of spreadsheet packages will be integrated, whereever possible, with the matheatical elements of the module in examples where real biological data will be handled. The concepts of workbooks and worksheets, inputting text and numbers, formatting cells and using functions as well as creating graphics will be dealt with.
The following mathematical concepts will be set in a background of handling biological data: basic numeracy; types of numbers; significant figures; scientific notation; units  conversion from one level to another (including standard SI units); logarithms, converting from number to log and back again; exponents; tables and graphs; concepts of dilution series; percentages and roportions; basic algebra; basic statistics; mode, median, mean, variance, standard deviation, frequency distribution; normal curves in biological applications.
Aims
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basics of mathematical and information technology techniques, assuming no previous knowledge or experience in these areas.
Brief description
This modules will provide instruction in teh basic mathematical and information technology skills required by a student in biological sciences.
Module Skills
Problem_solving 
Solving of mathematical problems of a biological nature 
Communication 
Attendance at lectures, presentation of course work and written examinations will provide opportunities to develop written and listening skills. 
Improving own Learning and Performance 
Attendance at lectures, workshops and tutorials, working to deadlines for coursework and workshops, and preparation for examinations will require the development of self management strategies and personal action plans. 
Information Technology 
Learning to use word processing and spreadsheet packages. 
Application of Number 
See 1 above 
Reading Lists
Books
Ennos, A. R. (2000.) Statistical and data handling skills in biology /Roland Ennos.
0582312787
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 3