Core Module Information
Module title: Life on Earth

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

Module code: ENV07100
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will provide you with an introduction to evolution by natural selection, the theory that is central to understanding all aspects of biology. You will consider how species arise, change and go extinct, and how biological information is passed on through genetics. You will also look at the science of classification, and gain an overview of the diversity of life.Topics taughtIntroduction to Science. Origins of life. Biochemical origin of life. Introduction to evolution. Evidence for evolution. Species concept. Speciation and selection. Selective pressures and adaptation. Evolution of sex. Extinctions. Energy and nutrients in ecosystems. Climate Change. Introduction to taxonomy. Diversity. Functional ecology. Introduction to Mendelian genetics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Explain how life originated.

LO2: List the essentials of Darwin’s theory of evolution and compare his theory with alternative theories.

LO3: Summarise the three main bodies of evidence that support Darwin’s theory and provide examples.

LO4: Discuss the diversity of animal forms and the major taxonomic categories of life.

LO5: Recount the principles of Mendelian genetics and inheritance.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face External visits 4
Face To Face Tutorial 5
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 145
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 45 1,2,3,4 &5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 55 1,2,3,4 & 5 14 HOURS= 2.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 45
Component 2 subtotal: 55
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV07100 Life on Earth