BIOL501 – Biology for Applied Science

Module code
Module title
Biology for Applied Science
To enable students to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in biology relevant to further study in environmental management and the applied sciences.
  • SX1707
  • SX1709
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Describe the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
Describe how genetic information is inherited and how variation occurs.
Describe the process of evolution and explain how speciation occurs.
Describe the characteristics that distinguish the Kingdoms Plantae and Animalia.
Discuss the challenges associated with life on land and the adaptations of plants and animals to overcome these challenges.
-The structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
-Movement of materials into and out of cells
-The structure and function of nucleic acids
-DNA replication and cell division
-Mendelian inheritance
-Biogeography and continental drift
-Progression from unicellularity to multicellularity
-Darwinian concept of evolution
-Binomial nomenclature
-Distinguishing characteristics of the different groups of plants and animals
-Use keys to categorise plants and animals.
-Adaptation of plants and animals for desiccation, reproduction in the absence of water and gaseous exchange in air.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include:
Practical - laboratory; practical or workshop sessions and activities; demonstrations
Theory - includes web-supported tutor facilitated/directed presentations; lectures and tutorials; group activities; peer presentations and review; group/individual research; online learning activities; case studies; guest speakers
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of Evidence100