Module title: Practical Biology 3

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV08103
Module leader: Ah Nya Plant
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

The theme of this module is “Interactions with Environments”. Students will develop practical laboratory skills and learn analytical techniques by investigating how various environmental factors such as temperature and pH affect organisms. Effects on organisms will be investigated from the biochemical level to whole-organism and community levels. The theme underpins all laboratory sessions. Students will spend 3 weeks in each of four laboratories: Microbiology; Biochemistry; Physiology and Environmental Biology.

Microbiology
Students will investigate how environmental variables such as temperature, pH, UV radiation, dehydration, osmotic pressure, disinfectants and antibiotics affect growth of organisms. This will be within the context of health management, food preservation/spoilage, decomposition and adaptation to the environment.

Biochemistry
Students will engage in a number of biochemical separation techniques and study how enzymes are affected by changing parameters such as pH, temperature, substrate concentration and the addition of inhibitory molecules. This learning can be applied in a variety of contexts within different areas of biology including forensics, environmental biology and biomedical sciences.

Physiology
Students working in small groups will investigate circulation, thermoregulation and kidney function. The effects of variables (e.g. exercise and posture) on physiological parameters such as blood pressure will be measured. How thermoregulation is affected by the application of heat and cold and how urine production and composition is influenced by everyday dietary substances will be assessed.

Environmental Biology
Students will investigate the effects of environmental factors on life cycles and communities. The ‘health’ of aquatic and terrestrial environments will be assessed via data collected during short local field trips (weather permitting) and a range of tools such as diversity and biotic indices. Additionally, computer laboratory sessions will help to develop quantitative skills

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Comprehend safe laboratory working practices.
LO2: Follow scientific protocols and collect scientific data using various techniques.
LO3: Describe lab-based activities in the form of a lab book.
LO4: Summarise and interpret data sets using appropriate methods.
LO5: Summarise and discuss lab-based investigations in the form of a scientific lab report.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - KAREN KNISELY (2013) A STUDENT HANDBOOK FOR WRITING IN BIOLOGY: SINAUER ASSOCIATES, USA, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9781464150760
Core - PHILIP LR BONNER; ALAN J HARGREAVES (2011) BASIC BIOSCIENCE LABORATORY TECHNIQUES, A POCKET GUIDE: WILEY BLACKWELL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780470743096
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