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BIOL3059 Bioscience Education

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design, conduct and write a critical review of the literature under supervision.
  • Present a coherent written description of your topic in your own words and style.
  • Synthesise information from several different sources.
  • Appreciate the requirements of designing an activity to convey a scientific concept to a school-going audience.
  • Understand the processes involved in designing such an activity.
  • Design a means of assessment to gauge the effectiveness of delivering the activity.
  • Deliver an activity in an engaging and motivational manner.
  • Develop presentation skills.


This module is concerned with researching an appropriate topic in the field of biological sciences, and developing both a detailed written report on that topic as well as delivering an associated educational activity. In Marwell Zoo, the topics covered are varied and could be from hominoid evolution to habitat loss. Similarly in Peter Symonds activities could be across the range of all biology (e.g. neuroscience, developmental biology, ecology) learning to design and then deliver a biological concept to a school going audience in an innovative and inspirational manner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Seminars/workshops from academics and/or other professionals (Marwell or School). • Tutorials on science, education and communication. • Verbal and written feedback.

Independent Study275
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review 40%
Practical skills assessment 30%
Written report 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework %


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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