Biology Online Module Handbook

BL1901 Human Biology

(BL1901 online module handbook version 14)

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image: The human body

Lectures and seminars provide an introduction to the varied fields of study that relate to human biology. The module is structured such that we begin by looking at individual molecules and cells, and then examine how they build together to form integrated systems within our bodies, such as the nervous system and immune system. A wide variety of material is covered, ranging from anatomy, physiology and neuroscience through to digestion, cloning and genetics.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 464812
Pre-requisite Modules:
THE STUDENT MUST HAVE GAINED ADMISSION TO THE EVENING DEGREE PROGRAMME. THE STUDENT MUST HAVE GAINED ADMISSION TO THE EVENING DEGREE PROGRAMME*
Anti-requisite Modules:
IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE BL1004. IN TAKING THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT TAKE BL1004*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL1901: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
19-09-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Louise Major
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Lecture L1: Molecules of Life
2017-8_BL1901_L1
At the start of the class, the module organiser will give a brief introduction to the module.
Tuesday
19-09-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Louise Major

Practical P1: Molecules of Life Practical and Computer Simulation
2017-8_BL1901_P1

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
26-09-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L2: Cells
2017-8_BL1901_L2
Tuesday
26-09-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P2: Microscopy and the Structure of Cells
2017-8_BL1901_P2

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
03-10-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Lecture L3: Body Organisation and Homeostasis
2017-8_BL1901_L3
Tuesday
03-10-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Jacqueline Nairn

Practical P3: Control of Breathing
2017-8_BL1901_P3

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
10-10-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Prof Keith Sillar

Lecture L4: Nervous System and Nervous Communication
2017-8_BL1901_L4
Tuesday
10-10-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Keith Sillar

Practical P4: Drugs of Abuse and Disease
2017-8_BL1901_P4

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
17-10-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L5: Sensory Systems
2017-8_BL1901_L5
Tuesday
17-10-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Mr Henry Rae
Practical P5: Sensory Systems
2017-8_BL1901_P5

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
31-10-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L6: Skeletal and Muscular Systems
2017-8_BL1901_L6
Tuesday
31-10-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Mr Henry Rae
Practical P6: Skeletal and Muscular Systems
2017-8_BL1901_P6

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
07-11-2017
18:30 to 20:45
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab


Other O1: Class Test 2
2017-8_BL1901_O1
This test covers the material taught in weeks 1-7. It consists of two one-hour parts, one on the lecture content and one on the content of the practicals. There will be a 15-minute break after the first part.

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
14-11-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L7: Respiratory and Cardiac Systems
2017-8_BL1901_L7
Tuesday
14-11-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Clare Peddie

Practical P7: Pig Lung and Heart Dissection
2017-8_BL1901_P7

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
21-11-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L8: Human Development
2017-8_BL1901_L8
Tuesday
21-11-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P8: Chick Embryo Development
2017-8_BL1901_P8

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
28-11-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Simon Powis

Lecture L9: Immune System
2017-8_BL1901_L9
Tuesday
28-11-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Simon Powis

Practical P9: Blood Films
2017-8_BL1901_P9

Semester 1: Week 12

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
05-12-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L10: Digestive System
2017-8_BL1901_L10
Tuesday
05-12-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P10: Digestive Enzyme Assay
2017-8_BL1901_P10

Semester 1: Week 13

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
12-12-2017
18:30 to 19:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L11: Sex, Inheritance and Reproductive Systems
2017-8_BL1901_L11
Tuesday
12-12-2017
20:00 to 21:15
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Bill Heitler
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Practical P11: Chromosomes and Mitosis
2017-8_BL1901_P11
At the start of the practical, there will be a brief module feedback/Q&A session with the module organiser.

Semester 1: Week 14

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
19-12-2017
18:30 to 20:45
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab


Other O2: Class Test 3
2017-8_BL1901_O2
This test covers the material taught in weeks 9-13. It consists of two one-hour parts, one on the lecture content and one on the content of the practicals. There will be a 15-minute break after the first part.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1901: Reading List

Click for BL1901 reading list

BL1901: Assessment

Class Tests = 70%, Coursework = 30%*

Assessment:
Class test 1
Due by:
17/10/2017 21:00
Feedback due by:
07/11/2017 21:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
10%
Assessment:
Class test 2
Due by:
07/11/2017 21:00
Feedback due by:
28/11/2017 21:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
13/11/2017 21:00
Feedback due by:
04/12/2017 21:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
30%
Assessment:
Class test 3
Due by:
19/12/2017 21:00
Feedback due by:
09/01/2018 21:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
35%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2017 23:20:14.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL1901: Contributing Staff

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
(Module Organiser)

Teaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
(Module Organiser)
Teaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave FerrierReaderdekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Louise MajorDr Louise MajorResearch Fellowllm6@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jacqueline NairnSenior Lecturer (Education Focused)jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Clare PeddieProf Clare PeddieHead of Schoolcmp@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Simon PowisDr Simon PowisReadersjp10@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottDirector of Teachinggrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Mr Henry RaeMr Henry RaeSenior Teaching Technicianhhr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Keith SillarProf Keith SillarProfessor of Neurosciencekts1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1901: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL1901 successfully should be able to:

  • Describe the organisation of the human body - organs, tissues, cells and molecules
  • Explain how the human body maintains homeostasis
  • Describe structure and function of the main organ systems
  • Carry out basic laboratory procedures
  • Use a microscope to examine biological samples
  • Search and reference the scientific literature
  • Write a scientific essay
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1901: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Compound Microscopy
  • Enzyme assay
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Pipetting
  • Purpose and practice of dissection

Transferable Skills

  • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Data analysis
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)