Marine & Freshwater Biology BSc/MSci

Environmental Biology 1 BIOL1010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An introduction to the biology of the global environment and how the organisms on the earth relate to, and cope with, their environment.


Lectures 13.00 - 14.00, Monday - Thursday (4 per week)

Labs 10.00 - 13.00 or 14.00 - 17.00 Tuesday or Wednesday of weeks 1 to 5 of the course (each student attends only 1 lab session per week).

Tutorials 10.00 - 13.00 or 14.00 - 17.00 Tuesday or Wednesday of weeks 6 and 10 of the course (each student attends only 1 tutorial session per week).




Laboratory assessment including reports (20%), Tutorial report on research interview (20%), 90-minute examination in April/May (60%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 



Laboratory assessment will not be available for re-assessment.

Course Aims

Environmental Biology 1 aims to provide an introduction to the science of the environment and a broad basis for the specialist environmental sciences studies in later years.



Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ recall the central concepts of environmental biology and describe the experimental evidence and field research that has established these concepts;

■ solve elementary problems of a numeric or logical nature in the context of this understanding;

■ demonstrate practical skills in areas relevant to environmental biology.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.