Core Module Information
Module title: Foundations in Science

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS07106
Module leader: Stefan Erhardt
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

The biological and environmental chemistry part covers fundamental concepts of general, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, e.g. atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamic and kinetics, classes of organic and biological molecules, structure-function relationship, carbon chemistry, natural compounds and environmental pollutants and their effect on plants and animals.
Problem solving workshop and practical laboratory skills reinforce the conceptual understanding.
The mathematics part covers numbers, logarithms and powers, algebra including arithmetic and aspects of symmetry, calculus with differentiation and integration and graphical representations of equations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: understand equations, variables and their graphical representations.
LO2: apply basic mathematical concepts to scientific problems and laboratory tasks.
LO3: write a scientific laboratory report.
LO4: analyse and present experimental data in scientific form and format.
LO5: understand the underlying chemical concepts of biological and environmental systems.
LO6: understand the structure and function of organic and biological molecules.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stefan Erhardt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching methods cover the learning outcomes and support them in various ways. LO1-6 are covered in face-to-face workshops and laboratory sessions to enhance your understanding with practical applications. Pre-recorded material will be provided in preparation of the weekly workshops.
The workshops will deepen your understanding by problem solving exercises which are partly group work and partly individual focused.
In your self-study time you are expected to prepare for the laboratory sessions.

Formative Assessment:
Online tests will be posted on Moodle fortnightly and should be completed by the following week to allow effective progression to the next test, working towards the final, summative online test. These online tests ensure a continued learning and regular engagement. You will receive immediate feedback after each online test.
Laboratory based problem solving exercises will be scheduled fortnightly. You will learn to connect concepts and scientific principles by applying fundamental knowledge to real world problems. Laboratory based self- and peer-assessment of practical skills teaches you self-evaluation and makes you aware of topics and skills on which you may require improvement.
Direct feedback is provided during workshops and laboratory session on your laboratory book notes.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1:
The laboratory book assessment addresses LO3&4 and also serves to assess whether you have achieved a required level of GLP and identify improvements needed.

Component 2 (3 elements):Class tests (digital examinations) will cover areas of mathematics (LO1), laboratory calculations (LO2) and biological and environmental chemistry (LO5&6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 58
Online CL_TST 1.5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140.5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 12.5 1 7 HOURS= 00.50
Class Test 12.5 2 7 HOURS= 00.50, WORDS= 0
Laboratory report 50 3,4 12 , WORDS= 1500
Class Test 25 5,6 14/15 HOURS= 00.50
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 49
Module subtotal: 99

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS07106 Foundations in Science